After conducting nearly 147,000 direct classroom observations of 20 minutes or more in K-12 schools in the United States and other countries, the organization concluded that "there are still relatively few classrooms in which students' use of digital tools and technology is a regular part of the school experience. The data is shared in AdvancED's report, "The Paradox of Classroom Technology: Despite Proliferation and Access, Students Not Using Technology for Learning."
Governments, schools and systems as well as the philanthropic community have invested heavily in technology to keep up with the demands of 21st century learners. Even after years of huge public and private investments and the sheer number of technology-in-education initiatives (1:1 computing, e-Rate, P-TECH, STEM), one would think that students’ use of digital tools and technology for learning in K-12 settings would be ubiquitous. It is in fact the contrary.
"Kids have access to technology at a much earlier age. And they can carry technology with them that not only offers instant access to information, but also social media and the ability to share all kinds of information about themselves. "I honestly think it has made being an adolescent so much more of a challenge than ever before. And there are incredible challenges for parents trying to keep up. In many ways, it has totally changed how we approach education. That's filled with positives and negatives."
Online learning courses no longer cater to typically technology-friendly subjects like Information Technology or Computer Science; now nearly every subject is available online. Your trusted correspondent took everything from STAT 250 to Political Research Methods and Theories of Visual Communication online. Plus, the number of students learning online is skyrocketing. According to the OLC’s infographic, 5.8 million college students are enrolled in online learning courses, which is a 263 percent increase over the last 12 years.
The latest trend in ed tech is Smart Schools. Schools around the country are harnessing IoT to help devices connect and “talk” to each other throughout the school. However, while the trend is growing in popularity, Smart Schools are still a relatively new concept. According to a recent Extreme Networks survey of more than 600 K-12 and higher ed IT managers, 29 percent of respondents were totally unfamiliar with the concept of a Smart Internet of Things School, while only 12 percent either had implemented a Smart School plan or intended to do so in the next couple of years.
It may seem light years in the future, but the transition in many schools is already underway. In fact, spending on computer hardware was up last school year in nearly half (46 percent) of all U.S. school districts, according to market research firm MDR. Collectively, K-12 schools’ information technology budgets soared to $4.7 billion in 2015, reports another firm, IDC Government Insights.
Windows 10 introduces additional features designed specifically for K - 12 educators and students, alongside other education news today from Microsoft.
The National Education Technology Plan (NETP) sets a national vision and plan for learning enabled by technology through building on the work of leading education researchers; district, school, and higher education leaders; classroom teachers; developers; entrepreneurs; and nonprofit organizations. The principles and examples provided in this document align to the Innovative Technology Expands Children’s Horizons (ITECH) program as authorized by Congress in December 2015 through the Every Child Achieves Act.
The purpose of this NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief is to assist the K-12 community and policymakers in advocating for high-quality, high-capacity, and affordable broadband connections to every classroom in the United States. It reflects the results of a May 2015 convening of national educational technology experts on the issue of high-speed networking in K-12 education.
So far, in collaboration with teachers, Google has developed about 100 trips — including virtual visits to the Great Wall of China, Independence Hall in Philadelphia and El Capitan, a rock formation in Yosemite National Park — that have been tried out by math, science, social studies, language and other classes.