A new survey on “Edtech Research Perspectives” asked educational staff where they’ve been getting their information about edtech and how satisfied they are, and found the current state of affairs to be lacking.
Over 90% of educators rely heavily on general web searches and almost 50% rely on vendor information. What’s more, only 24% of those surveyed believe that vendors “are well equipped to conduct reliable edtech research.” There’s also a large disconnect between research done by academia and the schools who are actually purchasing edtech solutions.
Navitas Ventures has published a new report (Ecosystems 1.0) demonstrating the edtech environment in 20 cities around the world. The report introduces an edtech “maturity index” that identifies the leading cities for edtech development.“
The failure to provide girls with education through secondary school comes at a high cost to their health and well-being—and at a staggering cost to the world economy, to the tune of $15 trillion to $30 trillion in lost earnings and productivity.
A school district uses an average of 550 edtech products. Currently products are chosen based on their marketing skills rather than the efficacy of their product and its ability to impact student outcomes. Here are the three questions that researchers want educators to start asking about edtech:
- What does this technology claim it will do for your school?
- How will you know if the technology is doing what it claims it will do for your school?
- What evidence is there that the technology has done the same for other schools like yours?
“For high-achieving high school students, nothing is more validating than a report card full of straight A’s. These hallowed grades promise salaried rewards aplenty in the working world. Even more importantly, contemporary culture tends to treat educational success as a sign of moral worth: Parents and grandparents and teachers are proud of kids who do well in school. They shouldn’t be.”
Laura Truncellito- Laura is the founder and CEO of Language Scholars, LLC, a company which seeks to utilize cutting edge technology to enhance global learning and communication. email@example.com
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