News Feature | November 27, 2013

Education IT News For VARs — November 27, 2013

Bernadette Wilson

By Bernadette Wilson


News includes growth forecasted in the smart classroom market and a new master’s program at KU in educational technology to respond to the demand in the market for skilled IT professionals. 

Growth Projected In The Smart Classroom Market

Research and Markets released the report “Education Technology and the Smart Classroom Market: Forecasts and Analysis 2013-2018.” Smart classrooms include advanced technologies that enhance the learning experience for students, including those with disabilities. A Globe Newswire release states that the report estimates the Smart Classroom market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.9 percent from 2013 to 2018. The total market size is estimated to grow from $31.31 billion in 2013 to $59.90 billion by the year 2018.

CMU Collecting Data On Technology’s Role In Learning
Carnegie Mellon University’s new Simon Initiative is collecting data with the goal of ensuring that technological platforms used in the classroom not only deliver information, but also result in learning. Data bank consortia will collect and store data sets from university, industry, and government sources, and plan to make the information available to learning researchers and technology developers. Along with the Simon Initiative, the university has created the Global Learning Council, with representatives from academia, industry, and non-profit organizations, committed to the use of science and technology in learning and the open sharing of data.

KU Responds To Demand For Ed Tech Professionals

The Kansas University Edwards Campus will offer its first courses next spring in a new master’s program in educational technology. An article explains the degree will be offered through the KU School of Education and it will focus on teaching skills to write and design online resources for organizational training and education. The school is responding to the market demand for instructional designers, courseware developers, distance education specialists, educational technologists, and webmasters.

New Technology Alerts Athletic Trainers To Possible Head Injuries

An article reports on a school’s pilot of technology that can expedite medical evaluation after a head injury. The system includes sensors inside helmets that can alert athletic trainers if a football player should be removed from the game and evaluated for a concussion.

Education IT Talking Points

c/net reports Intel has acquired Kno, an educational software company. The acquisition expands Intel’s digital content to more than 225,000 titles and adds partnerships with 75 educational publishers.