Single Sign-On Solutions for K-12
There are tons of single sign-on solutions available in the market. A comprehensive outline of 9 such solutions, including Clever, ClassLink, Highlight, GG4L, Enboard, Microsoft Azure Active Directory, InCommon, OneUser SSO, and LightSpeed Systems, has been provided below.
How It Works
- Clever is a single sign-on solution that can be used by teachers to create digital classrooms.
- The Clever platform provides a unified platform to districts where automated rostering can be managed.
- It provides personalized portals for teachers, staff, and students.
- Students can sign in using Clever Badges. They do not need to type anything when using this technology.
- It is being used by 15 million students to join online classes.
- Clever is being used by 60% of K-12 schools in the US.
- Clever charges schools for their Secure Sync rostering.
- Secure Sync is available for schools at per school cost basis.
- Single sign-on and Clever Library are free of cost.
- Clever connects the applications that a school uses with the Student Information System (SIS).
- Clever stands out in simplifying the data access for everyone involved, e.g. schools, app developers, students, parents, and school staff. It allows everyone centralized access to the required applications/software.
- Clever promises "simple and delightful logins".
- A single username and password can be used to login to "any app on any device for students, teachers, and staff."
How It Works
- LaunchPad by ClassLink is a single sign-on solution that allows students to use single sign-on and sign in to multiple apps.
- ClassLink can be used with any login, e.g. school login or Google account.
- Any device can be used to access ClassLink, be it at school or home.
- It only requires a single password to access everything the users need on any device.
- It is being used by more than 1,000 school systems and a total of 9.7 million users.
- It is being used in 50 states in the US. It is also being used in a total of 15 countries including the US.
- ClassLink costs a few dollars per user.
- A detailed pricing structure for ClassLink can be found here.
- ClassLink can run Windows apps on a browser without the need for any software. "No plugins or proprietary clients" are needed to run remote Windows apps.
- It allows users to run Windows apps on smartphones, iPhones, and Chromebooks.
- ClassLink lets schools and users spend "more time learning; less time logging in".
- It offers a solution to all challenges associated with class roster export and single sign-on challenges within an hour.
How It Works
- Highlight provides a Student Launchpad for students, teacher experiences, and dashboards for leaders from districts and schools.
- Using the Student Launchpad, "students can access digital content, tools and web resources, from one place with a single click."
- The platform automatically provides teachers with insights into students' performance, which allows them to adjust accordingly. Teachers can also analyze the overall class performance.
- According to 2015 data, Highlight was being used in more than 100 schools.
- The total number of students using the platform in the US exceeded 60,000.
- The company, Education Elements, has worked with 1,000+ schools and districts to date.
- Education Elements provides personalized learning consulting services.
- Apart from personalized learning consulting services, the company also offers other services.
- With the help of Highlight, administrators can observe the products that are performing well and make informed decisions.
- Highlight makes data actionable for teachers, thereby allowing teachers to offer a personalized learning experience to every student.
- Apart from single sign-on, roster management, and centralized access to content, Highlight provides teachers with insights into individual and class-level performance. It analyzes patterns and offers results in the form of simplified data to teachers.
- According to a survey, teachers spend about 10 minutes each week analyzing student data. Highlight brings that time to 'zero' by automatically providing insights to teachers that can be read by anyone, i.e. one does not have to be a data scientist to interpret the insights.
How It Works
- School Passport by GG4L (Global Grid For Learning) is a single sign-on solution that provides round-the-clock access to students, staff, and guardians through the personalized home page.
- School Passport can be used by schools to access applications found in the GG4L Catalyst Catalog.
- It works with the LMS (Learning Management System), SIS (Student Information System), devices, and third-party applications of any school.
- More than 300 organizations and over 100,000 schools throughout the world are GG4L members.
- The company "has awarded $9M in grants to 72 schools from 36 school districts, geographically distributed across 16 States."
- GG4L merged with EduTone in 2018 and now serves "a large footprint of schools including three of the top ten largest U.S. school districts."
- GG4L is a Public Benefit Corporation. It offers solutions, including School Passport, to its clients at specified purchase prices.
- It also subsidizes some costs to convey the financial benefit to its clients.
- School Passport offers the ability to analyze application usage, which can then be used to optimize "technology investment".
- It also offers "federated authentication", which can be used to revoke someone's access when it is no longer desired.
- School Passport by GG4L is "purpose-built for K-12, designed to revolutionize how education technology is deployed, measured and financed."
- Cost-effectiveness is another aspect that GG4L boasts about.
How It Works
- Enboard is now a part of Identity Automation.
- RapidIdentity is the single sign-on solution offered by Identity Automation. It offers "automated user account management, single sign-on (SSO), smart account provisioning, rostering, and more."
- RapidIdentity serves hundreds of school districts.
- It has "a significant presence in Texas, California, and the southeast U.S."
- Identity Automation has a worldwide reach of tens of millions of identities.
- The company generates revenue by offering access, identity, administration, and governance solutions to organizations.
- A complete pricing list for Identity Automation solutions can be found here.
- Identity Automation offers comprehensive IAM (Identity and Access Management) solutions.
- Solutions from Identity Automation are not complex and can be used by end-users directly.
- RapidIdentity enables school districts to streamline the process of accessing new web-based applications through automated provisioning.
- The company complies with COPPA and FERPA regulations and has also signed the Student Privacy Pledge.
How It Works
- Microsoft offers "a comprehensive identity and access management cloud solution that combines core directory services, application access management, and advanced identity protection" through its product/solution known as Active Directory.
- Active Directory provides easy access to remote and on-site users to all their apps.
- It supports over 2,800 pre-integrated SaaS applications.
- Azure Active Directory has over 1.2 billion identities under management and processes 8 billion authentications every day.
- Pricing details for Microsoft Azure Active Directory can be found here.
- It charges an additional $29/month for Azure Support.
- Active Directory has no upfront costs, no termination fees, and the client pays only for what they use.
- Developer tools allow users to integrate identity into apps and services.
- Azure Active Directory from Microsoft offers enterprise identity service as well as a single sign-on solution with multi-factor authentication that prevents 99.9% of cybersecurity attacks.
How It Works
- InCommon provides "single sign-on (SSO), access to cloud and local services, and seamless global collaboration for students, faculty, staff, and researchers."
- Before joining InCommon, eligible applicants need to sign the agreement, after which they can register and get to work once their identity has been confirmed.
- InCommon charges its clients for the services it offers. Fees/charges for each service can be found here.
- InCommon is community-driven, i.e. best practices as well as new functionalities are driven by the community.
- InCommon has an intensive process of onboarding new clients, which can be found here.
- InCommon provides a gateway to the global education/research community in the US.
- Community design is what InCommon offers to its clients, which integrates the community's experience into the platform design.
How It Works
- OneUser SSO from CPSI, along with other tools from CPSI, streamlines and smoothes "data collection, standardization, and correction."
- xdAD is the platform that allows school districts to manage their Active Directory. "Designed just for education, xdAD automatically manages student and staff user accounts, groups, and attributes."
- OneUser SSO serves more than 200 districts across the US and Canada.
- The platform manages millions of accounts daily across 5 US states including Oklahoma, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, and Maine.
- The company offers several products and solutions including identity automation, data integration & collection, data validation & mapping, state products & services, and other tools.
- CPSI's core focus is data standardization and quality enhancement.
- OneUser SSO's value proposition is affordability and a design that is specific to education.
- CPSI's staff provides training for their implementation process as and when needed.
How It Works
- Relay from LightSpeed Systems is a single sign-on solution that offers several other benefits.
- Relay has tens of thousands of school customers.
- The company generates revenue by selling the Relay platform and 5 other products.
- This platform offers a comprehensive YouTube solution that filters out inappropriate content or videos that waste time.
- Relay's database has been developed through the help of humans, AI, and thousands of school customers.