News Feature | June 25, 2014

Education IT News For VARs — June 25, 2014

Education IT News For VARs

In the news, market analyst and education professionals expect a shift in ed-tech spending to center on digitally delivered personalized instruction based on Common Core standards. Also, an article points out a trend toward businesses providing automated software for adaptive learning, and the ConnectEd Hub, linking technology companies to schools that can benefit from their services, is on the White House’s website.

The Future Of EdTech Spending: Personalized Instruction

Education Week said that several market analysts, EdTech officials, and education leaders say they expect to see a shift in the use of money in EdTech spending, as technology becomes more affordable and powerful. The next wave of EdTech investments will center on digitally delivered personalized instruction and professional development targeted at Common Core standards and assessments.

For-Profits Lead The Way In Adaptive Learning Trends

A report on Inside Higher Ed said that for-profit companies appear to be giving adaptive learning a whirl, as part of a personalized learning trend that remains controversial as the use of automated software takes on some of the educator’s responsibilities. Currently, adaptive learning begs an uncertain conclusion, but the possibilities are infinite.

Obama Unveils Online Portal For EdTech Companies

Education Week said that the White House is announcing a launch of a new, online “hub” to link technology companies with schools that could benefit from their services as part of President Barack Obama’s private-sector-infused “ConnectED” plan. The new ConnectEd Hub is on the White House’s website and is predicted to channel about $2 billion in EdTech goods and services to the nation’s schools.

School District Installs Serious Security

Press-Enterprise reports that the San Bernardino school district is installing a multimillion-dollar, high-tech surveillance system that keeps an eye on school perimeters, administrative offices and areas where students gather. The system can be armed and guards school boundaries and other sensitive areas with invisible infrared beams.

Education IT Talking Points

The Washington Post featured an article explaining, “How Bill Gates pulled off the swift Common Core revolution.”

The Huffington Post reports that “Schools Were Getting Much Safer Until 2010, Government Report Says.”

For more news and insights, visit BSMinfo’s Education IT Resource Center.