Edtech

Empowering Educators and Enhancing Product Quality: Unveiling a Powerful Solution to Edtech

In today’s fast-paced educational landscape, technology plays an increasingly vital role in supporting student learning. However, districts often do not have the capacity to effectively evaluate the functional qualities of edtech products, resulting in teachers being frustrated with tools that may not be intuitive or usable vehicles for delivering instruction. To address this issue, ISTE has taken a significant step

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Establishing a Research-Based Framework for Edtech Product Quality

There is no doubt technology has revolutionized most aspects of our lives, including what’s happening in our classrooms. But what are the indicators of quality when it comes to the technology we put in front of students? Educators face a daunting task of keeping up with rapidly evolving edtech products, identifying the best available applications and effectively implementing them in

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Why It’s ‘Imperative’ That Edtech Providers Prove Their Products Work

At a time when more than 11,000 edtech tools are on the market and schools are embracing learning technology like never before, there is a stunning lack of research and evidence to support the efficacy of those products. A report released this spring from LearnPlatform, a company that helps districts better understand and manage the technology they’re using, found that

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What’s It Like to Leave the Classroom for a Job in Edtech?

After three years of facing heightened stress since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic — not just the safety worries, but also the political frays that have followed — it’s no wonder that some teachers are leaving the stormy seas of classroom instruction in search of calmer waters. For the technically inclined, pivoting to a job in the education technology

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Edtech

Reflections on 50 years of Game-Based Learning (Part 3)

More than 50 years after Don Rawitsch introduced Oregon Trail in his eighth grade class, the debate continues: Can games become a legitimate tool for learning? Proponents of game-based learning have good reason to be optimistic—but also cautious. Proponents of game-based learning have good reason to be optimistic—but also cautious. Tailwinds: An Enabling Ecosystem A baseline enabling condition for game-based

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Edtech Entrepreneurs Must Find New Ways to Build Community

As 2022 turns into 2023, EdSurge asked educators and education leaders to share reflections on learning “lost” and “gained.” The COVID pandemic has brought a rush of new people interested in building tools and businesses to help improve education. And today’s tech environment, with easy-to-use tools and social media, makes it easier than ever for entrants to reach global learners

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Edtech

Which Edtech Companies Are Listening to Teachers?

From time to time, Jeff Livingston gets a call from an entrepreneur looking for advice about getting into the edtech market. That’s no surprise given his credentials. As founder of the Center for Education Market Dynamics, Livingston has spent the better part of two decades thinking about how to get edtech innovations to the students who need them most. To

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Educators: How Much Is Your Voice Heard in Edtech?

With the edtech landscape home to thousands of products vying for attention, it stands to reason that finding a tool to fit a school’s needs can be just as much an art as it is a science. Whether an edtech program is built to help students improve their reading skills or catch up on math, it’s teachers who are ultimately

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