Top 10 K–12 Educational Technology Trends


Here’s a roundup of today’s top edtech trends: 1 1:1 Devices —This trend seems to continue to expand. The idea of having a device for every student is a highly desirable goal for most, and this trend will likely continue for years to come as schools gradually build their programs until they reach 1:1 status. 3 Wearable Technology —Wearable technology is an up-and-coming trend in edtech. 5 Collaborative Computing —This trend is closely linked to cloud computing.

The Key Role of Tech in Accessibility for All

Every two or three years, state and federal laws regarding accessibility in education change. However, the goal is always the same: making sure that every student, at every level (classroom, building, district), has access to the resources they need to meet their learning goals.


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Will the decline of AP course offerings spur the rise of Course Access?

The Christensen Institute

Last month, Nat Malkus of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) published a study on the trends in Advanced Placement course offerings in public schools from 2000 to 2012. It’s also worth noting that because many of these schools serve far smaller numbers of students, the decline in percentage of schools offering AP classes does not represent a proportionate decline in the number of overall students able to access AP coursework.

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Will the students who didn’t show up for online class this spring go missing forever?

The Hechinger Report

Monica Williams remembers the late May day she and first grade teacher Lizette Gutierrez reconnected with the four young siblings from Cable Elementary. No teachers from the San Antonio elementary had heard from the children since schools closed abruptly in March due to the pandemic.

Hotspots no silver bullet for rural remote learning

The Hechinger Report

Back in April, as schools across the country shifted to online instruction to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Scott Muri saw firsthand just how damaging lack of internet access can be for students and families. Related: Hundreds of thousands of students still can’t access online learning.

A parent-led effort to close the digital divide

The Hechinger Report

Within minutes of posting her question, Gurr began to receive messages from concerned parents who didn’t have access to devices for their kids or didn’t know how to get one from the school district.

The Next Big Trends in #EdTech from @ISTE CEO Richard Culatta at #ISTE19

The Innovative Educator

Innovative educators understand the importance of being in touch with the latest trends in ed tech. Richard Culatta, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) helps us by sharing what the organization sees as the next big trends. Fortunately, teachers like April Keck DeGennaro who teaches at Peoples Elementary School in Georgia is. Dr. Curran explained that what should be trending in social media is the learning that happens in the classroom.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

Hack Education

This is part eleven of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” In May, venture capitalist and former securities analyst Mary Meeker released her annual “Internet Trends” report. Among the major trends Meeker identified for 2017: mobile advertising, gaming, and healthcare. And it raises a number of questions, I think: how good is Mary Meeker at actually identifying and analyzing Internet trends? Is this really a trend?

In the marketplace: A cross-curricular contest, free coding access, and more

eSchool News

Tech-savvy educators know they must stay on top of the myriad changes and trends in education to learn how teaching and learning can best benefit from technology’s near-constant change. Check below for the latest marketplace news to keep you up-to-date on product developments, teaching and learning initiatives, and new trends in education.

Using Single Sign-On to Streamline Edtech Access

During the edWebinar “ Simplify Digital Access in K-12: Learn How District Leaders Eliminate Barriers ,” the presenters discussed the importance of adopting a single sign-on program to manage digital access, the questions to ask when choosing a vendor, and tips for rolling out the new system. They spend more time in class trying to remember how to access the program than actually using it; they also clog IT channels when passwords aren’t easily recovered.

10 Inspired Tech Trends Every Teacher Should Know About


The bevy of tech tips and trends brightening their classrooms—including 360-degree video, thoughtful ways to use Alexa, and the sleeper Google tool for improving note-taking and research. I think the phenomena of the infographic syllabus has been an effort by many teachers to make that document more accessible, more real,” she explains. “We Chattanooga Christian School in Tennessee is piloting five Echo Dot Kids Edition devices in elementary and high school classes.

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OPINION: If you really want more equitable schools, you must first ask some questions

The Hechinger Report

We have gotten so good at failing nonwhite and nonaffluent children that we know exactly what to do in order to continue this trend. We have gotten so good at failing nonwhite and nonaffluent children that we know exactly what to do in order to continue this trend.

School of Me: Letting students study what they want, when they want is the latest education trend

The Hechinger Report

They gave each student access to technology that helps teachers customize their lessons. I am overwhelmed with joy for my students because I know now they each stand a better chance of being a successful student,” said Regina Trout, who teaches the second-year kindergarteners at Maple Hill Elementary School in Middletown. ” Regina Trout, kindergarten teacher at Maple Hill Elementary School in Middletown, N.Y.

Online prekindergarten access and funds for school counselors among bills proposed in Mississippi this year

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Mississippi Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes with trends and top stories about education in Mississippi. House Bill 187 would provide additional funding to enable school districts to employ a professional school counselor in every elementary school , with priority going to school districts with low accreditation levels.

Bring back joy by teaching outdoors: A how-to guide

The Cornerstone for Teachers

How can we make it more accessible to all students? On the other hand, Alisa, an elementary school teacher from Massachusetts, says that building outdoor learning spaces in her school lead to a stronger community as everyone came together to make it happen for the kids.

COVID-19 Is Pushing School Tech Departments to Their Limits — and Then Some


As soon as we distributed our devices to our elementary students, possible or not we had to create a student help desk,” he said. Two recurring themes were the need for more widespread internet access and tech support for families. “It Education Technology Technology Trends

New data: Even within the same district some wealthy schools get millions more than poor ones

The Hechinger Report

O’Neal Elementary School, in Elgin, Illinois, none of the third graders could read and write at grade level according to state tests in 2019. Just nine miles away sits Centennial Elementary School, where 73 percent of third graders met grade-level standards on that same test.

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Trying to improve remote learning? A refugee camp offers some surprising lessons

The Hechinger Report

They didn’t have a high-tech classroom with fancy equipment — in fact most students didn’t even have laptops or access to the internet. At the start of the program, students are given an inexpensive smartphone with internet access, which they get to keep once they complete the program.

Pandemic Spurs Changes in the Edtech Schools Use, From the Classroom to the Admin Office


Market data and services firm MDR has updated a wide-ranging survey it last fielded in 2018 about teachers and tech, and the resulting report, “How 2020 Shifted Perceptions of Technology in the Classroom,” illustrates how COVID-19’s disruptions have upended some edtech trends and accelerated others.

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Schedules for distance learning are all over the place (and it’s making parents crazy)

The Hechinger Report

I feel so defeated,” the mom wrote as she posted a screenshot of an e-mail she had just received from her young child’s elementary school principal into a parent’s group on Facebook. Basically, the new normal is there is no new normal for elementary distance learning.

Teachers forced to “MacGyver” their own tech solutions

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every other Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation.

Student seeks to create the ‘Netflix of online learning’

The Hechinger Report

A team of students from INCubatoredu, a high school entrepreneurship program based in Illinois, reworked their business Trashbots to make robotics and coding accessible and provide hands-on STEM education at home.

10 tips for teaching critical thinking + information literacy

The Cornerstone for Teachers

There are four lenses through which students can view what they are investigating: trigger, access, forensics, and motives. We need to teach kids to focus more on the information itself: how it’s created, how we’re accessing it, etc. 2: The access lens.

Reflective Learning as the New Normal

A Principal's Reflections

We toil away at chasing the next big innovative idea, trend, or tool as a path to improvement yet little changes. During a coaching visit I observed Zaina Hussein , a 4th-grade teacher at Wells Elementary , use this with her students (see image below). All of the videos are then easily accessible for review on a grid. best practices Change instruction Learning pedagogy reflection Wells Elementary School

What kids stand to lose if 2020 steals kindergarten

The Hechinger Report

I don’t want to pit one grade against another,” said Laura Bornfreund, the director of early and elementary education policy at New America, a progressive think tank. The trend is widespread.

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OPINION: How can teachers help students grapple with the chaos surrounding us?

The Hechinger Report

No matter whether elementary teachers return to physical or virtual classrooms, this will be a year for the history books. What’s less clear is how prepared elementary school teachers are to put these seismic events into context.

How to use podcasts in the classroom (with Listenwise)

The Cornerstone for Teachers

We are already a huge fan of the medium, but I think a lot of listeners have never used podcasts with their students or else they’ve only tried it out once or twice because the preparation can be really time-consuming if you don’t have access to good resources.

Why Black families are choosing to keep their kids remote when schools reopen

The Hechinger Report

The trend could become national, as communities of color continue to be hit harder by the disease. While the district has done outreach with a local chapter of the NAACP, school officials haven’t analyzed the data to determine if there are demographic trends in parental choices for the fall.

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Best practices for remote learning, according to experts

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every other Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. So how can districts make sure students without access still receive instruction?

Remote learning has been a disaster for many students. But some kids have thrived

The Hechinger Report

It has been particularly hard on children of color , kids from families who are financially insecure, and those without access to computers and technology at home. John was having some trouble in class. This story also appeared in The Christian Science Monitor.

Planning ahead to catch up students when school reopens after coronavirus

The Hechinger Report

Ideally, Noguera said, kids would also have access to after school programming providing enrichment activities like art or robotics to balance out ramped-up instruction.

12 tips for work/life balance in hybrid concurrent teaching

The Cornerstone for Teachers

If students have access to computers in-person or carry devices back and forth, they will essentially be able to do remote instruction in-person with your support. Education Trends Mindset & Motivation Productivity Strategies

3 ways to make social-emotional learning REAL for students

The Cornerstone for Teachers

His work centers around influencing systemic change and ensuring students from high-poverty communities have access to a quality education. And in these trends with SEL right now? This work must be more than just a buzzword, or the latest trend.

Who ya gonna call? Remote learning helpline for teachers…and parents

The Hechinger Report

Rubin said while Highlander is still working to make sure the helpline is accessible to families that need the most help, their initial success shows the helpline can be a model school districts or states and regions could replicate.

Getting rid of gifted programs: Trying to teach students at all levels together in one class

The Hechinger Report

More than 30 years ago, Rockville Centre began a gradual but determined effort to do away with gifted classes in its elementary schools as well as many of the tracked classes at the middle and high schools. This trend intensified when, in 2005, D.C.