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.

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

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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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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. Similarly, when vetting tech tools, the contracts should include the district’s accessibility requirements. Any upgrades should maintain, if not increase, a resource’s support for accessibility.

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

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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

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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

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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 Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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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

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

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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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Student seeks to create the ‘Netflix of online learning’

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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.

Teachers forced to “MacGyver” their own tech solutions

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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.

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

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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.

What kids stand to lose if 2020 steals kindergarten

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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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

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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?

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

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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

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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.

Planning ahead to catch up students when school reopens after coronavirus

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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. Steiner said the evidence is beginning to mount that struggling students do better when they have the same level of access to challenging, grade-level materials as their peers. “It Coronavirus and Education K-12 Mississippi Solutions achievement gap Curriculum Mississippi newsletter Rural schools Technology access

Ebooks Are Great — Just Not for Young Readers


They either love the convenience, access and ease of the digital version, or they’re the kind of person who can’t imagine life without the smell of the pages and the feel of a book in their hand. The same happens in Kindergarten at elementary school. Education Technology Technology Trends LiteracyWhen you talk to an adult reader about ebooks, they typically come down on one side of the fence or the other.

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What does ‘career readiness’ look like in middle school?

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The Fab Lab is one way the Charleston County School District is trying to build career planning into curricula for children at earlier and earlier ages, a trend unfolding in school districts around the country. South Carolina’s Charleston County School District is among the many school districts around the country now working to modify and extend those programs to its middle and elementary schools. “It’s

Classroom Tech Can Drive Student Engagement—But Schools Need to Choose Wisely


Access wasn't the only problem, explains Rugg. It sits in 50 high school classrooms, 22 elementary classrooms, and two district conference rooms. Education Technology Student Engagement Financing Teaching & Learning Technology Tips Technology TrendsWhen Logan City School District knocked down most of their aging red brick high school, they remodeled and rebuilt their way to a two-story, technology-infused learning center.

Twenty-one and in high school

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This story is part of a Hechinger reporting series about how “last chance” high schools are pioneering some of the latest trends in high school reform. This model demands more resources than those available to a traditional high school, but given that the typical high school dropout costs the state an estimated $300,000 over their lifetime , Cesene argues that the math is elementary. K-12 News Higher education access Solutions Technology access

In Puerto Rico, the odds are against high school grads who want to go to college

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The only way I know that this can be changed is when there’s access to higher education.”. The disparity serves as an extreme example of similar trends across the United States, where the children of higher-income families go to better colleges than those from lower-income ones. The only way I know that this can be changed is when there’s access to higher education.”. It impedes access to institutions they might be qualified for, because it’s not being accepted.”.

High school graduation rates for one important group are starting to get better

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Leave this field empty if you're human: The massive Los Angeles Unified School District , where 73 percent of the 694,000 students are Hispanic, has started infusing even its elementary schools with the college-going message. Higher Ed News Divided We Learn Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion

‘It’s very hard for us to get things we need’: Thousands of Mississippi teens face hunger and homelessness in pandemic

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Youth aren’t able to make the most healthy decisions when they don’t have access to safe schools, clothing and shelter,” she said. Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Mississippi Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every other Monday with trends and top stories about education in Mississippi.

Schools lead the way to zero-energy buildings, and use them for student learning

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Katherine Cribbs, a second-grader at Discovery Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, explores the online “energy dashboard” that tracks her school’s energy consumption and production. With a flurry of touch-screen taps, she explored the “energy dashboard” of Discovery Elementary in Arlington, Virginia. Angelique Coulouris, a second-grade teacher at Discovery Elementary, guides students on a virtual tour of the school’s roof-top solar lab.