Ed-Tech use continues to rise ahead of ESSER budget cliff

Ed-Tech use continues to rise ahead of ESSER budget cliff
Ed-Tech use continues to rise ahead of ESSER budget cliff

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Diving certificate:

  • On average, school districts used 2,739 different Ed-Tech tools in the 2023-24 school year — an 8% increase from the average of 2,518 tools in the previous school year, according to a recent report from Instructure’s LearnPlatform, an ed-tech platform that helps districts research and select digital learning products.
  • The average number of unique ed-tech tools used by students and teachers increased slightly, according to the LearnPlatform report. In 2023-24, students accessed 45 different tools, compared to 42 in 2022-23, while teachers used an average of 49 tools in 2023-24, compared to 42 the previous year.
  • 60% of the 40 ed-tech tools most commonly used in districts in 2023-24 focused on individual learners through activities such as learning, creating, researching, and gaming.

Diving insight:

Questions remain as to how the funding cliff for the pandemic era Emergency aid for primary and secondary schools LearnPlatform’s findings show that the funding will impact future educational technology investments and that overall educational technology use continues to grow strongly since 2020.

According to LearnPlatform, before COVID-19, school districts used an average of 841 unique ed-tech tools in the 2018-19 school year. That number doubled to 2,195 the following year and steadily increased over the next four years.

Schools and Districts have until September 30 to distribute the last $189.5 billion of ESSER funds, some of which schools have used to Buy ED-Tech. Over and beyond, Global Education Technology Venture Capital Financing in the first quarter of 2024, reaching a low not seen since 2014, according to an analysis conducted in April by global market data platform HolonIQ.

There are some signs that artificial intelligence could continue to drive investment in education technology, as LearnPlatform found evidence that the use of AI-related technology in schools is increasing. If schools continue to use AI like other industries, it could “not be long” before education technology sees an influx of investment, according to a February analysis by Ed Tech Investor. Reach Capital.

As more schools rely on comprehensive digital landscapes, school districts are increasingly vulnerable to cyber threats – especially ransomware. The integration of AI into ed-tech tools makes protecting student privacy even more difficult.

Given concerns about schools’ ability to protect their sensitive data, the nonprofit Future of Privacy Forum has launched a AI Exam Checklist for Districts to ensure that the privacy of student data is protected. The process is quite similar to what districts should do when reviewing general ed-tech tools, FPF said in its guidance released in April.

LearnPlatform also suggests that K-12 leaders create clear policies for AI use that include ethical guidelines regarding bias, privacy, and transparency.

The findings of LearnPlatform’s 2023-24 EdTech report are based on data analysis across 436 school districts, involving nearly 493,000 educators and 3.58 million students.

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