Determining whether or not spending on edtech tools is driving intended student outcomes is no small task. Figuring out what tools are being used in schools and districts can be a daunting task and determining if there are usage frequency adjustments that could be made to improve efficacy and justify the spending investments being made is difficult absent actual data. As a company built by and for educators, we are no strangers to institutional and procedural challenges when it comes to implementing processes to determine data efficacy processes.
Every school and district has their own challenges and goals. Some schools are figuring out what edtech is being used in their classrooms, while others are looking for a way to make sense of their large datasets and how to use them to see better ROI on their spending. Wherever your organization is, we have a few resources to help you advance and make the most of your edtech spending
Here are four steps to determine efficacy and increase ROI on edtech spending.
5,000+ products — that’s how many edtech programs and tools have been entered into LearnPlatform’s growing product library by educators and administrators. The products can all be sorted based on a wide array of criteria (topic, grade, subject, device type, etc.) but derive their real value from educator reviews based on a comprehensive grading rubric.
These reviews save time and go beyond arbitrary star ratings to give educators tailored insights that improve instruction and outcomes. Teachers sharing their valuable edtech insights and experiences now earn points (redeemable for gift cards) for that above and beyond effort.
Before summer starts in earnest, end-of-year reporting is one of the last items standing between teachers and some well-deserved time off. And, while the kids will head to camps and teachers may get a break, district administrators have their hands full this summer wrapping up this school year and preparing to make sure every student succeeds next year.
In fact, administrators have told us that the changes in federal and state programs, including the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), feel like a constantly moving target. Luckily, ESSA actually provides significant flexibility to districts and states in how they use dollars, as long as they show evidence for their decisions.
LearnPlatform’s automated reports directly align with ESSA guidelines for evidence, so administrators can make data-driven decisions AND comply with all federal reporting requirements easily — without exorbitant spending on third-party evaluators.
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.