Cost, and equitable student access to digital tools, are huge factors chief technology officers and other district administrators expect to grapple with in making decisions about ed-tech adoption over the next five years.
Going forward, Pearson “is developing its own in-house adaptive learning capability,” said a representative for the company.
In this week’s dealmaking news, the ed-tech sector saw a handful of acquisitions. Private equity firm Education Growth Partners acquired Apex Learning while Sylvan Learning purchased Citelighter, among other acquisitions.
The four major technology companies are selling into K-12 districts at a time when schools’ demands for easy-to-use tools and platforms, and “personalization,” are on the rise.
The education giant cited the “slow pace of digital adoption” in U.S. K-12 schools as a key reason it is considering the sale of its online, digital and blended curriculum.
The tech provider has lost traction in the market for K-12 operating systems to Google, which also produces the popular G Suite classroom platform.
Districts want to purchase software focusing on career- and college-prep, and social-emotional curricula.
Digital learning company EVERFI raised $190 million from investors including Bono; in addition, education game company Legends of Learning and early-childhood app provider Marco Polo Learning received investments.
The CIO and CAO of the Los Angeles Unified School District explain why it’s important for education companies to understand how their technology and instructional departments collaborate.
As Mexico’s New Education Model, or Modelo Educativo, puts new emphasis on broadening curricula and building English-language skills, one expert outlines the potential opportunities for school providers.