Our Research Shows Educators Are Experiencing Trauma During the Pandemic. Here’s How We Can Reduce the Burden.

Educators play a critical role in our communities, but lately—and increasingly— they are burdened with responsibilities more appropriate for other members of the community, such as counselors, social workers, nurses and community organizers. This juggling act is particularly salient in under-resourced communities, where grappling with these issues can be a daily struggle. Since the onset … Read more

Our Research Shows Educators Are Experiencing Trauma During the Pandemic. Here’s How We Can Reduce the Burden.

Educators play a critical role in our communities, but lately—and increasingly— they are burdened with responsibilities more appropriate for other members of the community, such as counselors, social workers, nurses and community organizers. This juggling act is particularly salient in under-resourced communities, where grappling with these issues can be a daily struggle. Since the onset … Read more

Which Solutions Will Power the Transformation of Teaching and Learning?

Education technology has exploded in the last decade. And with the onset of COVID-19, technology integration in schools has only accelerated. We are not short on technology products or solutions. All students need to have the ability to access their teachers and their lessons. Yet, Samsung—long the leader in digital displays—believes that education needs smart … Read more

Picking Your Future ‘Classroom’ Will Shape How Students Learn

What’s the most influential technology in education right now? Or, more to the point, what’s been the bedrock of education since, say, March 2020? Video conferencing platforms. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, we all vaulted into online conferencing platforms last year when the pandemic sent us home. Without them, most teachers would not have been … Read more

Renaissance Learning to Acquire Nearpod in Blockbuster $650M All-Cash Deal

With constant budget pressures, protracted sales cycles and a diffuse web of different purchasing processes, the K-12 education market is not for the faint of heart, especially for startups looking to establish themselves. It has long had a reputation for moving much more slowly than the pace at which startups need to operate to survive … Read more

Longtime Edtech Investor Reach Capital Raises $165M for Third Fund

Investments in U.S. education technology startups reached a record $2.2 billion in 2020. Across the globe, that figure surpassed $16 billion, marking a 32-fold increase from 2010. Few investors have watched, and fueled, the growth of the edtech industry as closely and consistently as Reach Capital, one of a handful of venture firms that has … Read more

Remote Learning Is Here to Stay, Raising Concerns About Teacher Training and Data Privacy

Online learning efforts may remain even when the pandemic fades away. Teachers’ confidence wavers in using edtech for instruction. Perhaps (not) coincidentally, there is more spending forecast for education technology. All in this Edtech Reports Recap. More Remote Possibilities It’s clear that emergency remote instruction over the past year hasn’t been a pleasant experience for … 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

Teachers Are Going Viral on TikTok. Is That a Good Thing?

Teachers are becoming stars these days on TikTok, that social media platform for sharing short videos. And some of them say the platform serves as a kind of virtual teaching lounge during COVID. But is it a good thing for the teaching profession that classroom instructors are part of a site known for dance crazes, … Read more