Ed Tech

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Note from the editor

Dear readers,

The coronavirus pandemic has led to a seismic shift in the ed tech landscape nationwide. Where previously schools were approaching transformation from a tech-supported standpoint, a transition to distance learning in the wake of building closures has necessitated a tech-dependent approach.

Needless to say, districts nationwide are still adjusting to challenges from basic infrastructure to the nuances of approaches to curriculum.

As the beginning of the next school year approaches in fall, they're challenged not only with further preparing educators to overcome these hurdles and address students' needs, but with doing so on schedules that will see them switching back and forth between full distance learning and a model that will likely have students in class on staggered schedules throughout the week.

With resources expected to be limited by looming budget cuts due to a recession exacerbated by stay-at-home orders, meeting these needs becomes all the more complex.

To help keep you in the loop, K-12 Dive will keep this page up to date with the latest ed tech trends and developments as the year continues to shape ed tech's role in classrooms. Here are some recent highlights from our coverage.


Roger Riddell Editor

Presentation and choice fuel accessibility — in-person or remote

Being mindful of resource design also contributes to inclusive spaces that promote the success of all students.

• Published Sept. 9, 2020

1:1 programs 'on steroids' bring challenges for school districts

Districts have largely used rainy day funds or money from state and federal COVID-related K-12 relief funds, but have had to cut corners in some cases.

• Published Sept. 1, 2020

State of American Education: Issues of equity, reopenings, budgets loom large

In a Wednesday afternoon webinar hosted by NASSP, administrators and policymakers expressed concern about educator attrition and called for more representative curriculum.

• Published Aug. 20, 2020

Navigating cyberbullying more difficult amid COVID-19, but there are options

Among steps educators can take are limiting when students' cameras are on during online lessons and embracing digital citizenship curriculum.

• Published Aug. 5, 2020

As new school year approaches, how will districts address the 'COVID slide'?

Prolonged spring closures and uneven distance learning approaches require preparation for a variety of responses to address learning loss, administrators say.

• Published July 30, 2020

Amid coronavirus, educators learn to differentiate, add choice with tech

A variety of online tools helped educators expand their approaches to lessons during shutdowns — and they plan to keep them in their toolkits.

• Published July 8, 2020

The Latest Trends in Ed Tech

K-12 institutions are relying on technology now more than ever. With looming budget cuts and varying levels of access to virtual classrooms, teachers and administrators are challenges to address student needs and overcome unforeseen challenges.

included in this trendline
  • As new school year approaches, how will districts address the 'COVID slide'?
  • Inside the state of American education
  • Navigating cyberbullying amid COVID-19
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Davide Savenije Editor-in-Chief at Industry Dive.