According to NPR, the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to be a key turning point for the role technology plays in K-12 education in the United States. The need for remote learning options and widespread access to at-home technology has never been more apparent as students and educators alike have navigated digital instruction. As the road ahead remains largely uncertain, schools will need to prioritize their investments in technology to bring the classroom anywhere.
Fortunately, through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding, school leaders have the opportunity to invest in educational technology and professional development services to help stabilize the current decrease in student engagement and support a mix of in-person and remote learning. Funds to local districts can be used for coronavirus-response activities, such as purchasing educational technology to support online learning for all students, and additional activities authorized by federal elementary and secondary education laws.
Use of Funds for Education Technology
Most edtech products aim to improve student engagement and the overall learning experience of students, teachers – and even parents, too. However, it is tough knowing which products to invest in since so many are available. Here’s where Promethean’s comprehensive solutions and long-term partnership can help.
Promethean’s solutions align to the Educational Technology and Professional Development categories for CARES Act use of funds. Our award-winning ActivPanel Interactive Displays combined with our industry-leading software increases interaction between teachers and students – creating a remote learning environment that mirrors the in-class student and teacher experience.
For more than 20 years, Promethean has equipped schools with educational technology designed by teachers for teachers. Our products, which drive engagement and bring lessons to life inside and outside the classroom, include:
- ActivPanel Element Series ‒ interactive displays that deliver innovation and ease-of-use that matters in the classroom, as well as trusted security and manageability.
- ActivInspire ‒ collaborative lesson delivery software for interactive displays that provides a suite of tools to create and deliver dynamic lessons. Teachers can record lessons and share through Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, Box, or any other cloud sharing platform. Students can install the personal version of ActivInspire and share activities for offline interactions.
- ClassFlow ‒ a cloud-based lesson delivery software with advanced collaboration tools for student engagement. It allows teachers to interact with students using live online lessons and create assignments, playlists, quizzes, and other activities to keep them engaged in learning with any device.
Promethean’s lesson delivery software is included with the purchase of an ActivPanel.
Guiding you every step of the way
What’s more, Promethean’s Professional Development Team can help districts customize learning strategies and develop training during the everchanging learning environment. The team can help your district customize a plan to assist with online learning or to connect learning plans with a district’s specific initiative.
Promethean has a proven track record of providing high-quality training to support large scale implementations nationwide. The partnership begins with a consultation to create an implementation and professional development plan that will align strategies, resources, and training to identify the best delivery method for each individual school or district.
Changing lesson delivery methods is inevitable
Going forward, many schools plan to run online and in-person learning in parallel as they grapple with how to adjust to the new normal in education. This requires a huge investment in the prioritization of education technology. And thankfully, schools can apply for funding through the CARES Act.
Promethean has the products and services that enable schools and districts to make the changes in education not only possible – but successful long term. See how Promethean can address your school’s specific needs by visiting Promethean CARES.