Beautiful Los Angeles hosted the 2017 Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS) national conference in late April. More than 400 edtech innovators from across the country’s independent schools came together to share best practices, build their PLN and connect with others working in the same educational space. As an extension of a true member network, the ATLIS conference provides a much-needed respite for teachers who can often find themselves answering tough questions about edtech.
Spending on educational technology is an expanding global force with a projected growth rate of 17% annually to an astounding $252 billion by the year 2020. In the U.S. alone, we have reached more than 8 billion in annual spending, of which a large percentage is going towards licenses that aren't being used or are significantly underutilized. This booming business has been growing essentially unshaped by verified research and usable data. Last week at the EdTech Efficacy Research Academic Symposium in Washington D.C., the battle cry for quantifying and qualifying the edtech being used in our schools and universities ramped up.
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! While this is one week of the year we place extra emphasis on appreciating our wonderful teachers, you deserve to be celebrated every day, of every week, no matter the season. This year we are paying tribute to teachers that have influenced, supported and inspired some of the team members at Lea(R)n.
Many of us are former educators, have family and friends who are teachers or have a number of stories about teachers that have made an impact on us. We would like to #ThankATeacher that has impacted us in some way but we really wanted to say a big "thank you" to each and every teacher out there. We couldn't do what we do without you and hope that what we do makes your jobs easier.
A part of the Brisbane elementary school district in California, Lipman middle school faced a common challenge among educational institutions - too many edtech options and not enough feedback and data available on the various programs to make informed selections. They found it difficult to determine whether their edtech spending and implementation was resulting in full value for their students and teachers. Actively seeking improvement opportunities and a method to address edtech challenges, Lipman Middle School configured LearnPlatform to organize its edtech. Read more in the full case study.
The LearnPlatform was designed by, with and for educators. Last summer, we ran the second successful year of the Lea(R)n Fellowship program to take that collaboration to the next level. We’re excited to begin the third year of this program and are now accepting applications.
The Lea(R)n Fellowship is designed to provide active K12 educators the opportunity to engage their fellow educators, thought leaders, and innovators to improve education technology decisions for themselves and schools and districts across the country. Lea(R)n Fellows are experienced educators who believe pedagogy, practice, and outcomes should have more impact on decision-making regarding which education technologies are best for our students and classrooms.