School leaders are more optimistic about their ed-tech budgets than they have been in five years, market research firm MDR says.
Forty-one percent of K-12 districts expect to spend more money on hardware during the 2014-15 school year than they did the previous year. That’s up from 25 percent of districts that expected an increase in hardware spending in 2013-14.
Twenty-six percent of districts say they’ll spend more on software this year, up from 12 percent last year. Forty-three percent say they’ll spend more on teacher professional development, up from 24 percent last year.
IT support is the real winner, with the percentage of districts increasing their spending this year tripling over last year (36 percent vs. 12 percent, respectively).
Overall, nearly 90 percent of districts said their spending on all four of these ed-tech categories would increase or stay the same this year compared to last year.
Forty-four percent of districts say one-to-one computing has been “substantially implemented” in their high schools; 36 percent say this of their middle schools, and 20 percent say this of their elementary schools.
Flipped and blended learning appear to be on the rise as well. Sixty-three percent of districts say at least some of the high school classrooms have implemented flipped learning, while 60 percent report some usage of blended learning.
You can find more information from MDR’s 2014 “State of the K-12 Market” report here.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology will host a series of Future Ready Regional Summits to help school district leaders improve teaching and learning through the effective use of ed tech.
The summits follow a Connected to the Future meeting hosted by President Obama at the White House in November, which drew 115 superintendents from across the country. The Future Ready summits will support school district leaders in creating an ed-tech plan that leads to personalized learning experiences for all students—especially those from traditionally underserved communities.
The summits are open to district leadership teams on a first-come, first-served basis from districts where the superintendent has signed the Future Ready District Pledge. More than 1,300 superintendents have taken the pledge as of the posting of this article.
The ed-tech summits are being offered in partnership with the Alliance for Excellent Education, with support from the Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission and a coalition of more than 36 content partners. Here are the dates and locations of the summits; for more information, go to www.FutureReadySchools.org.