How Much Does the U.S. Spend on Edtech? No One Knows, and That’s a Problem

The U.S. edtech industry is massive. By our estimate, startups and companies raised upward of $2.2 billion in 2020 alone. Yet, curiously, the amount districts, states and the federal government spend on these products each year is something of an unknown variable. According to a new analysis published this week by the Edtech Evidence Exchange, … Read more

How Three Nonprofits Are Connecting Kids With Diverse Mentors During the Pandemic

Friday the 13th turned out to hold more than the usual amount of superstitious bad luck in March 2020. On that day, millions of teachers and families across the U.S. learned that they would not be going back to school the following Monday. As leaders grappled with emerging COVID-19 information, one week off became two … Read more

College Board Changes AP Exams Again to Accommodate Pandemic-Era Testing

Since the Advanced Placement (AP) program began in the 1950s, tens of millions of students have taken their exams in school, with paper and pencil, over the course of several hours. That format held for decades, but ultimately could not withstand the challenges posed by a global pandemic. Last spring, the College Board, which oversees … Read more

A Shockingly Simple Way to Improve Online School

When Nettie Johnson fired up her first online class for her fifth graders in Topeka, Kansas last March, she knew they were flying by the seat of their pants. She had her laptop and Wi-Fi “but it was really difficult because if I was sharing my screen, I couldn’t really see the kids. So it … Read more

The Lessons Learned Online That Will Shape Education After the Pandemic

Last year presented many challenges and accelerated a number of shifts that were already underway in K-12 education. Even before the pandemic, broadband and mobile technology was expanding connectivity across the globe, hybrid and virtual classrooms were gaining steam in providing personalized learning to students, and project-based learning was proving to be an effective, engaging … Read more