US education technology news – September 2020

edtech news

Published: September 21st, 2020

Here are 3 of the latest U.S. education technology news stories from September 2020.

  1. Lessons Learned

As told by eSchool News, many students and educators are back to school the fall – but has anything changed? Now, schools are reflecting on what worked, what didn’t, and how these learnings can be applied this year. Due to millions of students nationwide who lack devices and Internet access, this semester will be a learning experience for the education system for years to come.

Read the full article here.

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  1. What’s EdTech Got to Do with It?

Our Chief Product Officer, Steve Halliwell, recently penned an op-ed for EdTech Digest highlighting the role edtech has in making hybrid and blending learning possible. As these terms have become household names for many, it’s important for conversations to be had about what blended vs. hybrid learning really means in practice, how to leverage existing edtech solutions, and ways teachers can enhance the online experience for their students.

A key insight? “The number one takeaway in talking with educators, not only nationwide but worldwide, has been that they should leverage the technology that’s already in place and maximize it going forward for hybrid learning to succeed,” said Halliwell.

“Being able to use the same software and content whether in class or remote is not only efficient but bridges the gap experienced in the spring when everybody was trying to learn something new – such as new devices, connectivity, or software.”

Read the full article here.

  1. And Ultimately, How Can School Leaders Make Virtual Learning Engaging?

Without a doubt, the “spring shift” has caused many school leaders and educators to revisit what learning looks like today and into the future. As we continue to learn from the impact of COVID-19 on education, there are a few key things leaders can be thinking about to ensure any variation of remote learning gets students’ attention, including:

  • Building out Internet infrastructures for fast-paced connectivity,
  • Providing high-quality professional development to teachers, and
  • Identifying the best online content to engage K-12 learners

Read the full article here.

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