It’s estimated that only about 10 percent of K-12 schools teach computer science. Some companies are trying to fill a void in American public education by teaching kids computer programming basics. The push comes amid projections that there will be far more tech sector jobs than computer science graduates to fill them.
For schools looking to spend limited dollars allocated for technology in smart and efficient ways, lessons learned over years of making tough decisions can be helpful.
No one knows which product or model will ultimately strike it big. In the meantime, investors keep pumping money into products that seem promising because “everybody is waiting for the Facebook of education to come along,” says one industry analyst.
Many of the new products and teaching methodologies claim that research backs up the product or claim, but how can interested educators separate self-promotional claims from effective tools?
Deciding how a school or district should invest its limited resources is a tough job, made even more difficult by the multitude of educational technology products that have exploded onto the market. It’s a question of resources, how to spend them and the fears decision makers have about making mistakes with public dollars and everyone watching. Here are some factors to consider.
Lenny Gonzalez The promise of technology in the pursuit of learning is vast — and so are the profits. The SIIA valued the ed-tech market at $7.5 billion. With daily launches of new products promising to solve all manner of problems — from managing classrooms to engaging bored students with interactive content to capturing and […]