How long has Kelvin been around?
Kelvin was founded in September 2018 and we’ve been working with
districts and schools since we launched “Pulse” January 2019. Prior to
Kelvin, we led the engineering and product team for Illuminate
Education’s flagship product “Data & Assessment” (DnA).
What is Kelvin’s approach to data privacy?
We take our role as stewards of Student Data very seriously. We are a
proud signatory of the Student Data Privacy Pledge and are transparent
in our data collection and use practices.We do not use Student Data
for any purpose other than to provide the services on behalf of the
schools that use Kelvin. Our collection, use, and disclosure of
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Children's
Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and applicable state laws that
relate to the collection of Student Data. We do not rent or sell data
or permit advertising. We do not sell or monetize Student Data. We do
not display advertising to students on Kelvin. We do not allow
behavioral tracking by any third parties on Kelvin for the purpose of
targeted advertising or to show ads on Kelvin. Instead, we are able to
provide Kelvin’s technology to school districts in exchange for a
transparent per-school or per-district pricing mode.
Do I have to allow comments or questions like, “What’s one thing you
wish your teacher knew?
No. Although these things can help add “color” the quantitative data
you’re collecting and help build bridges to students, we recognize
that not all schools have the resources to manage this type of
feedback. That’s okay. Pulse is customizable so you can turn these
things off until you’re ready.
What happens if a student says something concerning in the comments?
Kelvin’s machine learning flags concerning comments like those related
to self-harm and violence and notifies admins. However, no system is
perfect. We recommend using other services like GoGuardian or Securly
to monitor all web traffic for concerning comments and troublesome
browsing activity. These tools were built for this purpose and can
flag you of concerning comments in Kelvin as well as those made in
other places like emails, search engines, chats, Google Docs, etc.
Can I create my own surveys or use surveys from somewhere else?
Kelvin is an open-ended, flexible system. You can add custom questions
and create your own survey templates, so you can theoretically add any
survey to our platform. Make sure to check if the content is
open-source or request permission from the author. You can always
write your own questions and add them to Kelvin Pulses for students,
staff, or families at any time.
Do I have to have 1:1 devices for my students?
No. Although, this makes things easier. We have a number of schools
who extend Pulse windows so that students have a chance to rotate
through computer labs to respond. We want you to be successful, so no
matter what technology you have (or don’t have) available we will work
with you to come up with a plan.
Can you do paper surveys?
We don’t right now, but we might some day. We like to listen to and
respond to our customers’ needs. So far, all of the schools and
districts we work with or have talked to have some form of technology
in place to administer Pulses (either by extension, email, or text).
Let us know if you feel strongly about this. We are always looking for
feedback, and we have experience with making paper surveying
What grade levels does this work for?
This depends on the surveys you’re using with the system. Many of
today’s available instruments are only validated to certain grade
levels (usually down to 4th grade in most cases). We’ve tested our
technology and interfaces with children as young as Kindergarten, and
you’d be surprised at how much they’re able to accomplish. However,
they often lack the literacy skills to reliably interpret questions
and respond accordingly. We are working with some partners on tools to
make it possible to collect this data from younger students, so stay