Changes in federal policy, and shifting K-12 demands for engaging, easy-to-use ed-tech products are likely to shape the K-12 marketplace in 2016.
“Personalization” has become the norm in districts trying to customize digital tools, instruction, and schedules to meet individual students’ needs. But K-12 leaders are also demanding customization in another area: professional development.
K-12 systems are telling publishers and other content producers to give them materials for English-language learners that are more challenging, and tailored to specific grade spans and academic subjects.
The push for “interoperability” is forcing content providers to make important decisions—about which standards to adopt or ignore, how much time and money to devote to that work, and how to anticipate and adjust to shifting district demands.
Seventy-eight percent of elementary school students say they regularly use a tablet, up from 66 percent a year ago, according a survey released by Pearson and conducted by the Harris Poll.
A New York City-based company, littleBits, is offering modular electronics components for schools and libraries through a 1-to-1 model common in the world of ed-tech.
U.S. sales of interactive whiteboards and flat-panel displays are down, but are expected to pick up again in 2016 as schools begin replacing older whiteboards, a report predicts.
Nearly two-thirds of Michigan’s districts are contracting out at least one of three main support services, according to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.
Sales of education publishers’ print and digital K-12 products jumped 7 percent in 2013 over the previous year, according to the Association of American Publishers.
State policymakers are poised to fund early childhood education at unprecedented levels, opening the door to businesses serving the pre-kindergarten market.