Districts are using emergency spending authority to purchase a broader array of products than they did during pre-COVID days, according to vendors.
The future of the science education is likely to be blend of hands-on and digital components, predicts Christine Anne Royce, the past president of the National Science Teaching Association.
San Diego’s school district has steered clear of diagnostic testing in favor of just-in-time learning focused on addressing student weaknesses, says Aly Martinez, a top math instructional coordinator.
Parents in the preschool market are becoming more “self-directed and intentional” in seeking out services, says Roderick Morris, the president of Lovevery.
For Nearpod CEO Pep Carrera, the upside to bringing his ed-tech product to Europe, the Middle East, and other foreign markets has far outweighed the risks.
Marlo Gaddis, the chief technology officer for North Carolina’s largest district, says systems like hers are looking for streamlined, simple technology during the coronavirus.
Curriculum has to be implemented with fidelity, and only strong professional development will accomplish that, says Nakia Hardy, the deputy superintendent of the Durham, N.C., schools.
School board members are the public face of districts, and many play an oversight role on contracts. Smart vendors will do everything they can to impress them.
Vendors are falling short in not designing academic resources that prepare students for the job market in creative ways, a California superintendent says.
Schools will increasingly count on education vendors to deliver products that cultivate analytic skills and collaborative ability, labor experts say.