Two Reports Examine Issues Facing Edtech Leaders and Purchasing Decisions

For publishers staying on top of issues impacting the edtech purchases and the decision makers, two new reports yield insights into the current state of the market. The 2015 K-12 IT Leadership Survey Report from CoSN, sponsored by SchoolDude and conducted in partnership with MDR, looks at Chief Technology Officers, including what their issues are and what their work lives look like. Insight Enterprises has released its findings on the five key areas education decision makers must consider as they plan their budgets for an environment where technology is placing heavier demands on network infrastructure. Both reports identified assessment as an issue that greatly impacts IT leaders and purchases.

2015 K-12 IT Leadership Survey Report from CoSN, in partnership with MDR

  • For the second straight year, Assessment Readiness is the number one priority for IT Leaders; yet less than 30% report they are fully prepared for online assessments.
  • Despite 30% reporting budget increases, 54% still indicate that they don’t have enough money to “meet overall expectations of the school board/district leaders.”
  • IT Leaders are increasingly worried about the privacy and security of student data; 57% said the issue is more important than it was last year.
  • Respondents expect their instructional materials to be at least 50% digital within the next three years.
  • IT Leaders are very busy—74% are in charge of both instructional and administrative technology.

Read the rest of the key findings and the report at the CoSN website.

Five top issues edtech decision makers identified as important as reported by Insight

  • Spending on IT architecture – The ways that various gadgets are deployed in schools will impact budget planning depending on the age of the building and how the school was initially wired.
  • Ditching the computer lab – Instead of using technology in areas outside of the classroom, schools are looking to adopt budgets that bring tech within arms’ reach.
  • Replacing textbooks with eBooks – Schools are adopting budgets to address eBook demands in the classroom and finding that eBooks save money in the long run.
  • Adopting digital assessments – Schools are moving toward tests and quizzes that are designed and stored on a digital platform.
  • Clicking into a digital response world – Schools are considering the cost of introducing “clickers” in the classroom.

Read more at “Insight Lists Top 5 Ed Tech Issues as Schools Enter Buying Cycle.” (April 28, 2015)

For more on the state of digital resources in school, attend the Edtech Reality Check at the 2015 Content in Context conference from the AAP PreK-12 Learning Group.

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