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Million-Dollar Advice: The High Cost and Limited Return on Personalized Learning Consulting

Edsurge

Follow education technology-reform projects, and you’ll find mixed academic outcomes and expensive consultants. In July of 2015, the district paid more than $400,000 for alignment, strategy and professional services from Education Elements, a for-profit personalized learning consultant, according to receipts obtained by EdSurge from the district. That uncertainty is causing some educators—the ones with funding—to turn to high-priced consultants for answers.

SMATH: How to Turn 2 Subjects Into 1 Super-Class

Edsurge

As educators, we always encourage our students to work together; we promise them two heads are better than one. Piedmont Elementary in Alabama, we decided to finally try it. Technology was also providing a surplus of real-time data we still weren’t sure how to best use. Some students constructed model airplanes and tested their flights while observing how changing one variable, such as weight, could change the data. .

In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

Digital Promise

Educational technology (edtech for short) can play a significant role in mitigating and solving this growing dilemma. An increasing amount of data around personalized educational models like "blended learning" and content-specific software suggests that edtech makes instruction in diverse classrooms more efficient. If the history of education has taught us anything, it is that education is a human process.

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