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For more information, see our Github repository, or send us an email.
For more information, see our Github repository, or send us an email.
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== Version History ==
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== Download DART ==
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Bering Strait School District unveiled the first phase of its Open Source student information system in August, 2006. This initial version really defined the concept model of tracking standards that followed the students, and linking that individual and group information directly to curriculum content. This allows the data on continuous student progress to inform instruction, and link learner and group needs to supporting content in our wiki-based curriculum system.  
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The latest build of DART can be downloaded from [https://github.com/dartproject/DART GitHub], or you can [mailto:jconcilus@bssd.org email us].  
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This initial year allowed staff at various levels to refine how such a system could replace a fully mature Student Information System (SIS). During the 2006-07 school year DART was used for standards tracking only, and focus groups and stakeholders continued to define necessary features. Traditional student data was tracked for state reporting, and other purposes in Pearson's PowerSchool SIS.
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We experimented with source code and community sites for the DART project with Launchpad, and EduForge. All future development of DART will use the GitHub. A mirror of the project information will be updated and maintained on SourceForge.
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For the 2007-2008, and 2008-09 school years, BSSD designed and built a far more capable feature set into DART, and abandoned the PowerSchool system entirely. That academic year focused on pulling together all essential data sources, state and federal reporting, and revising standards data.  The DARTDemo2 server linked below is running the the 2008-09 software as of Fall, 2009.
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== Getting Involved with the DART Project ==
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We also have a [http://groups.google.com/group/dart-project/ DART Google Group] set up for those interested in being involved with DART's current and future direction. 
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The 2009-2010 school year started with several important tools added, and many refinements in place or developed on the fly.  The Graduation Progress Report was introduced, the ability to add and track almost any "elective" or new courses was rolled out, we refined transcript editing, and made improvements to School Improvement Plan modules (pun intended), and the Testing data tracking module. A simpler installer was created, and steps outlined for installation by others.
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== BSSD DART Contacts ==
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Other organizations could link DART to any set of standards, and any type of resource support system.
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The best contacts at the Bering Strait School District regarding DART are:
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Our current emphasis in development is on:
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John Concilus, Coordinator of Educational Technology<br>
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Unalakleet, Alaska 99684<br>
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Email: [mailto:jconcilus@bssd.org jconcilus@bssd.org]<br>
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* Adding a Traditional Grading preference that will also work with standards
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Gary Jacobson, Educational Technologist<br>
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* Adding customization controls adjusting most key parameters
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Bering Strait School District<br>
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* Designing a longitudinal tracking feature for linking student schedules to testing data
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225 Polar Bear Avenue<br>
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* Completing Sparkline tracking in Dashboard area
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Unalakleet, Alaska 99684<br>
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907-624-4260<br>
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Email: [mailto:gjacobson@bssd.org gjacobson@bssd.org]<br>
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== DART Technical & Collaborative Support ==
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DART has both technical and organizational requirements. The technical requirements are pretty straight forward, but you will need a collaborative team of both Ed Tech or IT, and curriculum leaders to successfully implement DART.
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BSSD itself does not do direct support of other implementations of DART, but does provide several collaborative work spaces for users the help each other. Like any Open Source project, DART will only grow and fully mature for generalized use if an active developer base is established.
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In addition to the tutorials linked below, there is a mail list that is managed by BSSD.
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* DART Tech Support Forum, Bug Tracker & Feature Requests - This is the new home of the project, and should be your first stop if you want to learn more [https://launchpad.net/dart/ DART Project Launchpad]
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* DART Mail List - Ask to be added to the [[mailto:dart_users@bssd.org DART User Mail List]]
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pdftk - Creates PDF reports
pdftk - Creates PDF reports
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There is currently no installer script, although we are working on one over the summer. The PHP and HTML output files would need to be customized by configured manually.  Also, you would need staff to organize, and import whatever standards you want to use so that DART can do it's thing!  
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An installer script is being built for the current version. The PHP and HTML output files did need to be customized and configured manually, but the goal of our current project is to make this easy to do during the installation and setup process.  Also, you would need staff to organize, and import whatever standards you want to use so that DART can do it's thing!  
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Finally, the supporting wiki pages would need to be created for each standard in Mediawiki.  In our case, that is 1700 or so pages that are the "stubs", or template pages for each BSSD standard.  That system would also need to be organized so that growth and use would develop organically. This is really more the province of the Curriculum and Instructionn Department than a technical matter, but once again, a successful implementation will require both.
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Finally, the supporting curriculum pages would need to be linked to each standard in either a collaborative system such as Mediawiki, or the links from a proprietary system gathered in a list for importing into DART.  In our case, we started with 1700 or so pages that were the "stubs", or template pages for each BSSD standard.  This is really more the province of the Curriculum and Instruction Department in most school districts rather than a technical matter, but once again, an ideal implementation will require both.
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This wiki, an instance of MediaWiki, is on our collaborative curriculum repository. Although it appears to be part of DART while our teachers and students are using it, since the two systems work hand-in-hand. It actually resides on a different server.   
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Although our wiki content appears to be part of DART while our teachers and students are using it, in reality any system that links learning support materials to standards would work. These can reside on a different server, or group of other servers if needed.   
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Contact [mailto:gjohnson@bssd.org Greg Johnson] or [mailto:jconcilus@bssd.org John Concilus] for more information about how you can use DART in your K-12 school, college, university or company for tracking progress toward any sort of standards-based goals.
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Contact [mailto:jconcilus@bssd.org John Concilus] for more information about how you can use DART in your K-12 school, college, university or company for tracking progress toward any sort of standards-based goals.
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== DART Demo Servers ==
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== DART Development / Demonstration Servers ==
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=== DARTDemo2 Server ===  
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=== DARTDemo Current Version Server ===  
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Almost latest and greatest build!
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This server is a mirror of the current production version of DART that Bering Strait School District is using. This is where we test changes before uploading them to the BSSD's actual installation.  If you need access to this server, contact [mailto:jconcilus@bssd.org John Concilus] at the BSSD District Office for access credentials.
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The [http://dartdemo2.bssd.org DART V.2 Demo Server] is up and running for those who wish to test-drive almost-latest stable version, or for use in training sessions. 
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=== DARTDemo2 Development Version Server ===
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Although it looks like it is from our schools, this is <u>'''not'''</u> our live DART implementation, but rather one that is loaded with simulated student data. There are about 250 fake students and users in this demo system.
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The [http://dartdemo2.bssd.org DART Development Server] is up and running for those who wish to test-drive the changes live from the development working being done by the  [https://github.com/dartproject/DART DART community on GitHub].
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You can use the demo users below if you'd like to try DART. Without an explanation of our district's curriculum you may be stumbling around a little ;-)
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Although it looks like a school district in Mississippi, the this server uses simulated student, teacher and principal data.  Because this is a demonstration and test bed server, the data is frequently dumped and replaced. You can make changes if you would like to see how things work.
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Make sure you check out the Drill Down! feature, search and export, and tools for personal, school site and district wide grouping.
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Also, the "tag cloud" views of both group and individual views calculate the highest needs based on BSSD's standards. The links from the standard names in the "tag cloud" go to our wiki-based curriculum site page- resources and instructional strategies - for that individual standard.In a real system, these links would go to resources identified or maintained by the district using DART.  A group's highest needs "tag cloud" is made up of the common weaknesses they have in the curriculum standards, and the individual view lists the first 30 highest relative needs.
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Also, the "tag cloud" views of both group and individual views calculate the highest needs. A group's highest need is made up of the common weaknesses they have in the curriculum standards, and the individual view lists the first 30 highest relative needsd.
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[http://dartdemo2.bssd.org '''DART Development Server''']
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The links from the standard names in the "tag cloud" go to our wiki-based curriculum site page- resources and instructional strategies - for that individual standard.
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[http://dartdemo2.bssd.org '''DART V.2 Demo Server''']
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=== DARTDemo Original Server ===
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The original version, but larger set of example data
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The following links go to tutorial pages on each of the topics for teachers, site administrators, district administrators and students.  
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The [http://dartdemo.bssd.org DART V.1 Demo Server] is still available, and has far more demo students. This version has far fewer features, but is fully functional. Although it looks like it is from our schools, this is <u>'''not'''</u> our live DART implementation, but rather one that is loaded with simulated student data. There are about 1900 fake students and users in the demo system.
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'''Note:''' Since the links from the standard names in the "tag cloud" go to our wiki-based curriculum site page, and standards change a bit over time, you may run into so broken links to old standards. Most should still work just fine.
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The following links go to tutorial pages on each of the topics for teachers, site administrators, district administrators and students.
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Additional tutorial and documentation materials for DART are being prepared this summer by Krista Parker, a graduate student in Technical Writing from Drury University in Missouri.
The resources in each topic area will grow as we continue to refine the system. Click on the "Image:" link to downlaod the pdf.
The resources in each topic area will grow as we continue to refine the system. Click on the "Image:" link to downlaod the pdf.
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* [http://www.bssd.org/download/picture_droplet.zip Download ImageReady Droplet for Scaling Student Pictures]
* [http://www.bssd.org/download/picture_droplet.zip Download ImageReady Droplet for Scaling Student Pictures]
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== DART Contacts ==
 
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Greg Johnson, Director of Curriculum & Instruction<br>
 
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Bering Strait School District<br>
 
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225 Polar Bear Avenue<br>
 
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Unalakleet, Alaska 99684<br>
 
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907-624-4279<br>
 
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Email: [mailto:gjohnson@bssd.org gjohnson@bssd.org]<br>
 
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John Concilus, Coordinator of Educational Technology<br>
 
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225 Polar Bear Avenue<br>
 
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Unalakleet, Alaska 99684<br>
 
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907-624-4237<br>
 
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Email: [mailto:jconcilus@bssd.org jconcilus@bssd.org]<br>
 
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Gary Jacobson, Educational Technologist<br>
 
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Bering Strait School District<br>
 
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225 Polar Bear Avenue<br>
 
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Unalakleet, Alaska 99684<br>
 
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907-624-4260<br>
 
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Email: [mailto:gjacobson@bssd.org gjacobson@bssd.org]<br>
 
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== Download DART ==
 
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The original build of DART V.1 can be downloaded from [http://eduforge.org/projects/dart/ EduForge], or you can [mailto:dart@bssd.org email us].
 
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The EduForge site is being phased out, and Launchpad is up and running now. All future development of DART will use the [https://launchpad.net/dart/ DART Project Launchpad] will be the location for all current and future project activity.
 

Revision as of 13:45, 3 July 2011

Contents

DART System: Data Analysis and Reporting Toolkit

The Data Analysis and Report Toolkit (DART) is a truly Open Source, feature-rich student information system (SIS) software package. In short, it is written in PHP, and runs on any web server with the free software combination of Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP (LAMP). DART is therefore free like a puppy! You can take it home with you, but care and feeding is something you must provide on your own, or contract with others to do for you.
DART

The original mission for DART was the tracking and analysis of student progress on any set of learning standards. This role has since expanded to include all of the major student information data needs of a medium-sized, geographically distributed school district with around 2000 active students and 250 or more active certified staff members. The district is now entering its sixth full year of using DART with 17 facilities, including 15 K-12 schools, a regional pre-vocational facility and a district office.

DART is now a well-developed Student Information System (SIS) with many feature groups or "modules" to solve the major needs of a typical school district. Although DART is not right for every school district, it is rapidly gaining features and controls to make it more easily generalizable and customized for a typical district's needs. The first "generalized" version of DART is being created with assistance from Carnegie Mellon University's Technology Consulting in a Global Community program (TCinGC) during the summer of 2011, and will be easy for any typical school district to customize, install and maintain.

Unlike other student information systems, DART is completely learner-centered, not tied to staff or school schedules. It directly links to support materials for learning standards and benchmarks, and provides a intuitive interface for users. DART links relative student weaknesses directly to instructional resources in our MediaWiki-based curriculum system, and therefore permits teachers and administrators to plan for meaningful, dynamic instruction of any group of learners, as well as involve stakeholders in the building of curriculum. The curriculum system linked to DART is currently at over 14,500 pages, and has 8,600 files uploaded. The users themselves have populated the MediaWiki database.

For more information, see our Github repository, or send us an email.

Download DART

The latest build of DART can be downloaded from GitHub, or you can email us.

We experimented with source code and community sites for the DART project with Launchpad, and EduForge. All future development of DART will use the GitHub. A mirror of the project information will be updated and maintained on SourceForge.

Getting Involved with the DART Project

We also have a DART Google Group set up for those interested in being involved with DART's current and future direction.

BSSD DART Contacts

The best contacts at the Bering Strait School District regarding DART are:

John Concilus, Coordinator of Educational Technology
225 Polar Bear Avenue
Unalakleet, Alaska 99684
907-624-4237
Email: jconcilus@bssd.org

Gary Jacobson, Educational Technologist
Bering Strait School District
225 Polar Bear Avenue
Unalakleet, Alaska 99684
907-624-4260
Email: gjacobson@bssd.org

Technical Requirements

DART is a free Open Source software package that will run on any Linux-based server running the Linux / Apache / MySQL / PHP (LAMP) configuration for web services.

If you are considering implenting DART, here is the basics of what you will need from the technical side:

DART Server (Linux / Apache / MySQL / PHP) MediaWiki Server (Linux / Apache / MySQL / PHP) pdftk - Creates PDF reports

An installer script is being built for the current version. The PHP and HTML output files did need to be customized and configured manually, but the goal of our current project is to make this easy to do during the installation and setup process. Also, you would need staff to organize, and import whatever standards you want to use so that DART can do it's thing!

Finally, the supporting curriculum pages would need to be linked to each standard in either a collaborative system such as Mediawiki, or the links from a proprietary system gathered in a list for importing into DART. In our case, we started with 1700 or so pages that were the "stubs", or template pages for each BSSD standard. This is really more the province of the Curriculum and Instruction Department in most school districts rather than a technical matter, but once again, an ideal implementation will require both.


Although our wiki content appears to be part of DART while our teachers and students are using it, in reality any system that links learning support materials to standards would work. These can reside on a different server, or group of other servers if needed.

Contact John Concilus for more information about how you can use DART in your K-12 school, college, university or company for tracking progress toward any sort of standards-based goals.

DART Development / Demonstration Servers

DARTDemo Current Version Server

This server is a mirror of the current production version of DART that Bering Strait School District is using. This is where we test changes before uploading them to the BSSD's actual installation. If you need access to this server, contact John Concilus at the BSSD District Office for access credentials.

DARTDemo2 Development Version Server

The DART Development Server is up and running for those who wish to test-drive the changes live from the development working being done by the DART community on GitHub.

Although it looks like a school district in Mississippi, the this server uses simulated student, teacher and principal data. Because this is a demonstration and test bed server, the data is frequently dumped and replaced. You can make changes if you would like to see how things work.

Also, the "tag cloud" views of both group and individual views calculate the highest needs based on BSSD's standards. The links from the standard names in the "tag cloud" go to our wiki-based curriculum site page- resources and instructional strategies - for that individual standard.In a real system, these links would go to resources identified or maintained by the district using DART. A group's highest needs "tag cloud" is made up of the common weaknesses they have in the curriculum standards, and the individual view lists the first 30 highest relative needs.

DART Development Server

Demo Admin Users

Demo Teacher Users

DART Support Tutorials

The following links go to tutorial pages on each of the topics for teachers, site administrators, district administrators and students.

Additional tutorial and documentation materials for DART are being prepared this summer by Krista Parker, a graduate student in Technical Writing from Drury University in Missouri.

The resources in each topic area will grow as we continue to refine the system. Click on the "Image:" link to downlaod the pdf.

Please use the DART Demo site for any training: http://dartdemo.bssd.org

DART Training Flow Chart

Have to Know

DART Login Process

DART Creating Groups

DART Editing Groups

DART Toggling

DART Drill Down!

Good to Know, Down the Road

DART Printing Individual Draft Reports

DART Who Toggled Last?

Site Administration and Management

DART Editing Notes

DART Managing Users

General User Information

DART Main Page Information

DART Navigation Bar Information

Personal tools
Namespaces
Variants
Actions
Wiki Navigation
BSSD Websites
About BSSD
BSSD Projects
Toolbox