The marker in the article -- the one that had investors seeing edtech as a new shiny object -- was the valuation of the edtech market at $250 billion. That’s enough money for anyone to pay attention. But it’s a gross overestimation. The edtech market does not even come close to this estimate.
Determine whether you need to pay a technology or distance learning fee as an online student. Whether you have decided to pursue an online degree for a new job or to advance in your current role, paying for your education can be a major hurdle.
Why should teachers integrate technology into their math instruction? What resources are readily available? How can technology be effectively implemented into the learning environment? These questions have been challenging math teachers for quite some time.
Nearly one in four school districts still does not have sufficient bandwidth to meet the digital learning needs of students. And even before bandwidth, plenty of schools don’t have the laptops or tablets that students need to get online. “Without a Net: The Digital Divide in America.” Financed by Verizon, the documentary digs into the funding inequities that contribute to the digital divide as well as efforts, both public and private, to close it. The film premieres at 10 p.m. Sept. 26 on the National Geographic channel.
The biggest barrier to digital learning for teachers is gaining student access to technology. That's followed by a lack of time during the school day. For administrators, the top concern is providing relevant and effective professional development to their staff, followed by limitations and problems with the technological infrastructure, such as WiFi and security.
Who is the biggest spender in the education technology market? That would be school districts, which the report says make up about 33.5 percent of education technology purchases. The districts are largely spending their funds on software, with expenditures estimated to reach $3.9 billion in 2017. The majority of the purchases were for learning management systems.
In recent years, the thriving digital era has paved the way for the exponential transformation of the world's education system. Thanks to the rising influence of #Education Technology (EdTech) and #Artificial Intelligence (AI), the science of learning, which includes the teaching and learning processes, is progressively reshaped to be more interactive, personalized and hands-on.
Your school just invested in a new set of Chromebooks or iPads. Now what? In a study of 140,000 classrooms in K-12 schools across 39 states, more than half showed no evidence of students using technology to gather, evaluate, or use information for learning. And in nearly two-thirds of the classrooms, students didn’t appear to use technology to solve problems or work collaboratively.
When we discuss technology innovations, we usually focus on the ways that new tech is making our lives easier. While this is certainly a great perk of technology, it also causes us to overlook an even better benefit of the new innovations and developments we see on a daily basis: how technology is improving learning. Both inside and outside the classroom, the following tech innovations are having a drastic impact on the way people learn, helping to change education for the better.
Too many school leaders lack the support they need to ensure that educational technology investment and related activities, strategies, or interventions are evidence-based and effective. This gap between opportunity and capacity is undermining the ability of school leaders to move the needle on educational equity and to execute on the goals of today’s K-16 policies. The education community needs to clearly understand this gap and take some immediate steps to close it.