School officials and researchers are probing how much structure should be assigned to “maker spaces,” and their role in building students’ academic skills and engagement.
Research focused on Ontario’s schools offers lessons for American companies about the challenges schools face in making smart ed-tech decisions.
Teenagers who took an online makeup course after failing Algebra I had lower scores and grades than peers enrolled in face-to-face classes, according to an analysis by the American Institutes of Research.
Products that weave social-emotional learning into core academic subjects, as well as those using newer technologies, are likely to be in demand, according to a recent analysis.
The Facebook CEO’s $45 billion philanthropic and investment effort has already included significant backing of for-profit companies such as AltSchool, Ellevation, MasteryConnect, and Newsela.
Districts are overwhelmingly drawn to Chromebooks because they’re easy to manage, and school leaders tend to have mixed views on “freemium” tech products, said Anton Inglese, the chief financial officer of an Illinois school district.
AltSchool, a Bay Area startup, uses its own set of private schools to serve as test labs for its products, and the company’s products are evolving in almost real-time based on teacher and parent feedback.