Here are three of the latest and trending U.S. education and edtech news subjects from November 2022.
1. STEAM education can better communities
Continuous technological advancements in classrooms and communities don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Introducing students to STEAM—science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics—at younger ages, not only increases their tech literacy, but communities can benefit as well.
At the forefront of this initiative, Promethean recently held their fifth annual STEAM Forward event for educators. The event included presentations and webinars to strengthen teachers’ STEAM knowledge and therefore, increase student success through software and lesson demonstrations. An ongoing program and educational center founded by former WNBA player, Neisha Butler, is making STEAM education accessible to children in inner city communities. The center, S.T.E.A.M. Champs, will provide innovative and creative STEAM classes for kids 6-12 years old, including lessons in programming language, robotics, and fundamental coding skills.
2. Combating learning loss and tight budgets with edtech
As schools, educators, and students continue to face COVID-19’s repercussions in the form of learning loss, schools are looking for new solutions to combat lower testing scores. However, considering the recent state of inflation, schools are also paying close attention to budget allocations.
Strengthening student success ultimately leads to a future of strong communities. With smaller budgets circulating throughout the nations’ schools, it’s crucial that monies are stretched to reach maximum ROI. The ActivPanel, engages the entire class with one central device, allowing teachers to focus on lessons so that students can focus on learning.
3. Focus groups are crucial for edtech success
When a school decides to make an investment in new edtech products, the end goal is not to simply display a shiny new product. The goal should always be to increase student engagement and success while assisting educators and administrators in efficiency and productivity.
Including teachers in the decision to bring new edtech tools onboard is crucial to achieving success. Without a “seat at the table,” schools risk disconnect and negative ROI. Edtech providers, like Promethean, host focus groups as an opportunity for school administrators and educators to provide real-world feedback, introduce new ideas, and accelerate edtech innovation to produce the best results possible.