Clever, a San Francisco company, recently put its online software into 15,000 schools. That is slightly more than one in nine American schools. Not bad for a product released less than two years ago.
The product is meant to improve class management, by enabling teachers to enroll and track students, normally a time-consuming process. Using a so-called “single sign on” process, students can access online resources from different vendors, and teachers can easily log performance among different classes and locations.
The idea for Clever came from a teaching stint Mr. Carroll had after college, first with Teach for America and then as a technical administrator for a school in Colorado. “He realized every piece of new technology created more work for teachers,” said Mr. Bosmeny. “They become part time data shufflers.”