So we just finished a day of reviewing the board’s current plan with the IT Planning Committee. I thought it went really well. There were a number of things we talked about but the one that stuck with me was the concept of glanceability. It is not anything new but when you start talking about dashboards and tag clouds in the context of student achievement it gets people thinking (me included). A tag cloud of students where their name is larger the more “at risk” alarm bells they set off…And then someone says “Can you add another data set that would change the colour?” Wow…can I? You bet I can. Is it geeky that this stuff gets me excited? You bet it is.