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Growing up as a “digital native” is not a guarantee of computer literacy. According to results of the International Computer and Information Literacy 2018 study: Only 2 percent of students scored at the highest levels implied by digital native status, and only another 19 percent of the 42,000 students assessed in 14 countries and educational systems could work independently with computers as information-gathering and management tools.
Increasing school leader’s ability to implement strong technology programs is key to solving this problem. Professor Dexter of Univeristy of Virginia who analyzed the study says “The vast majority of school leaders receive little to no preparation to lead ed technology in their school. The U.S. system for principal preparation needs to expand its ed tech prep for leaders, to allow them to learn how technology is a part of the instructional leadership practices so essential to their role.”
A recent survey of U.S. educators and administrators shows a number of noteworthy findings. For instance, while 83% of teachers are optimistic that technology can increase their capacity, nearly half of them lack the time to plan for increased use of edtech. Perhaps more troubling is that 60% of survey respondents are worried about the potentially negative effects of technology on student-teacher relationships.
Education in itself is a challenging, messy, and confusing market for VC scale returns. School districts, teachers, and universities do not move fast, but rather steep and slow. And surprisingly, without any research, most startups will discover how slow the education industry moves when they try and move their product to the market—especially without checking if their is even a need for the service.
Here are five reasons your Edtech product might be collecting dust on a classroom shelf.
If the education sector stays on its current trajectory, by 2030 half of all children and young people around the world will lack basic secondary-level skills needed to thrive. To change this dire prediction, we must make rapid, non-linear progress, or what CUE calls leapfrogging.
Technology can help education leapfrog in a number of ways. It can provide individualized learning by tracking progress and personalizing activities to serve heterogeneous classrooms. It can support playful learning through approaches such as games. Technology allows students to collaborate and engage with peers in different parts of the world, and it offers platforms for data collection and analysis that lead to improvements in the broader education system.
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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