Top executives in the education sector say they draw inspiration from colleagues, students, interactions with critics of their products, and other industries.
Investors are likely to set a higher bar for financially backing education companies over the next year, even as they look to put their money behind new product areas.
Product developers, investors, and researchers who advise vendors describe emerging areas of demand in serving special needs populations.
The work of vendors in three school districts provides a roadmap for successful collaboration that can lead to repeat business.
Deloitte named its 500 fastest-growing tech companies in North America. Thirty-nine of them touch the world of education in ways big or small.
Five superintendents who have been recognized for their leadership talk about the products, and the performance, they wish they were receiving from vendors.
Schools will increasingly count on education vendors to deliver products that cultivate analytic skills and collaborative ability, labor experts say.
In designing products backed by research, K-12 vendors need to know where to focus their internal resources, and when to seek outside expertise.
Districts want vendors to be proactive in the face of disappointing analytics that show teachers and students aren’t engaging with a digital tool.
New or looming tariffs on goods imported from China have education companies scrambling to get products across U.S. borders and wondering whether to pass new costs on to schools and districts.