US education technology news – October 2020

edtech news

Published: October 19th, 2020

Here are 3 of the latest U.S. edtech news stories to know about this month.

1. Many districts forgot the scout’s motto: Be prepared 

As featured on District Administration, Promethean’s annual report – which surveyed over 1,200 administrators and educators from around the U.S. – found that only 20% of teachers and administrators said their schools were prepared for remote learning. However, even amid the challenges caused by COVID-19, respondents say they are embracing virtual and leaning into technology.

See how in the full article here.

2. If the COVID-19 “tech rush” has you spinning…

Then our Chief Product Officer, Steve Halliwell, has insights for you. In a recent piece for eSchool News, Steve dives into how district administrators can tackle education technology as the industry moves towards being hybrid-driven, a few top tips include:

  • Maximize the tools you have
  • Conduct thorough research
  • Embrace the opportunity to update and improve
  • Prepare to pivot quickly

And as Steve notes, “the key to investing in and maximizing edtech is to know which ones will work best for your district as there are so many to choose from.”

Read the full article here.

Want more tips on hybrid learning, making the most of the tools you have, and improving your use of edtech in the future? Check out our recent webinar with Tech & Learning, featuring Steve and Dr. Kecia Ray of Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District. Listen in now.

3. On the horizon: The push for personalized learning 

How can your school tailor lessons to each student? We believe technology can help you make it happen. In this recent piece from The New York Times, Janet Morrissey explores how educators can leverage edtech such as computer algorithms and machine learning to help students succeed.

Experts quoted within the article cited COVID-19 as a major catalyst for the more rapid adoption of forward-thinking edtech solutions, and that personalized learning solutions will help today’s educators tap into students on an individual level.

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