Single Sign-On Solutions for K-12

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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.

Clever

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.

Reach/Penetration

Business Model

Unique Features

  • 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.

Value Proposition

ClassLink

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.

Reach/Penetration

Business Model

Unique Features

  • 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.

Value Proposition

  • 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.

Highlight

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.

Reach/Penetration

Business Model

Unique Features

  • 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.

Value Proposition

  • 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.

GG4L

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.

Reach/Penetration

Business Model

Unique Features

  • 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.

Value Proposition

  • 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.

Enboard

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."

Reach/Penetration

Business Model

  • 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.

Unique Features

  • 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.

Value Proposition

Microsoft Azure Active Directory

How It Works

Reach/Penetration

Business Model

  • Pricing details for Microsoft Azure Active Directory can be found here.
  • It charges an additional $29/month for Azure Support.

Unique Features

  • 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.

Value Proposition

  • 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.

InCommon

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.

Reach/Penetration

Business Model

  • InCommon charges its clients for the services it offers. Fees/charges for each service can be found here.

Unique Features

  • 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.

Value Proposition

  • 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.

OneUser SSO

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."

Reach/Penetration

Business Model

  • The company offers several products and solutions including identity automation, data integration & collection, data validation & mapping, state products & services, and other tools.

Unique Features

Value Proposition

  • 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.

LightSpeed Systems

How It Works

Reach/Penetration

Business Model

  • The company generates revenue by selling the Relay platform and 5 other products.

Unique Features

Value Proposition

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