CatchOn’s mission is to support teaching and learning through the smarter use of data and technology. By capturing and sharing insights on which technologies are truly effective for schools, learning outcomes can be improved at a lower cost, thereby providing a gateway to a higher quality education for more students.
The company was founded in 2016 by Jena Draper, who, as a recent graduate, recognized that school districts often face challenges when trying to apply generic, “one-size-fits-all” software applications to their specific teaching and learning needs. CatchOn was designed to help districts meet and adapt to changing needs and trends as they happen, through the use of real-time data and cutting-edge technology.
Before embarking on software design, Draper spoke with a diverse group of school districts across the country, and found that they were struggling to gauge how the devices and applications they had invested in were being used (or not) in their classrooms. Vendors were not making this usage data readily available to them, and the schools had the challenge of compiling myriad disparate data points to try and determine if students were even using these tools. CatchOn set out to serve as a neutral party that could arm school districts with data – that is, their data – to make informed choices about the apps and digital resources they were adopting. Giving schools a window into what students were really doing would allow them to support real and changing classroom needs, at an efficient cost.
The company launched its by-invitation-only Beta product in September 2016, and is now launching its first “Public” product at the SXSWedu conference in March 2017.
CatchOn’s Chrome product line has already led to tremendous savings for schools with Chromebooks – and they plan to bring the same benefits to Microsoft and Apple clients very soon. Stay tuned!