What Do Broad EdTech Trends Mean for Your School District?

When you think about it, the rise of education technology within society is very new—the most extreme in terms of human history, innovative in terms of education systems and still considered “emerging” in terms of technological advances. There has been an explosion in the amount spent on technology in school districts—for example, the amount spent on IT in 2018 is estimated at $14 billion—and it has been accelerated by the ability to use real-time data to measure success and usage, rather than traditional assumptions about user experiences. Today, millions of pieces of data are gathered, stored and used to make evidence-based decisions on how to implement a technology.

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Three Ways LearnPlatform Helps You Protect Student Data in Your District

While edtech adoption is a relatively new consideration when compared to education as a whole, technology in some form or another has been present in classrooms for decades. With the connectedness enabled by the digital world and explosive edtech market growth, districts have opened students up to a whole new world of informational access.

But this access comes with challenges. Protecting student data collected by digital tools is one of the most important jobs for learning organizations in 21st century education.

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Three Steps (and One Free Tool) to Make Personalized Learning Financially Viable

K-12 schools and districts in the U.S. will spend $14 billion on education technology (edtech) in 2018, with an emphasis on resources that contribute to personalized learning.  For financial leaders in school districts, that’s a lot to process. The former school CFO in me can’t help but focus on how the growing commitment to personalized learning creates an even larger challenge for budget writers — how to strike a balance between cost-saving while ensuring resources support improved outcomes.

Lea(R)n works with thousands of educators and their central offices around the country to help manage and maximize their edtech spending. With implementations across thousands of schools, we’ve found that school systems that follow these three steps give themselves the best chance of implementing a successful (and financially sound) personalized learning model that makes sense for students and educators alike.

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Back-to-School Resources to Take Your EdTech Management from Mess to Success

Across the country, backpacks are being packed, hallways are humming, (parents are rejoicing) and edtech tools are being recharged and upgraded as the 2018-19 school year gets into full swing.

For administrators and tech directors, the new year serves as an opportunity to implement new strategies and resources that allow for quicker vetting, more efficient implementation and more deliberate use of their organization's digital learning tools.  

From data-driven reports to tools designed to improve personalized learning, we’ve got just the thing you need to take your edtech management from mess to success this school year.

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LearnPlatform is Growing—Meet Some of Our Newest Team Members

We’ve been called the “most charming team in edtech.” Sure, that commendation was granted by our CEO, Karl, but we like to think it still holds weight (call it part of our charm)

Over the past few months, the "charm" at Lea(R)n has grown considerably, as we’ve added new rock stars to every team. We've got new Lea(R)ners supporting schools and districts, designing and improving the LearnPlatform customer experience and working directly with teachers and administrators to organize, streamline and analyze their education technology.

We’re so excited to have new muscle and charm on the team helping  expand equitable access for all students the best edtech. Get to know them and join us in welcoming them to the team!

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Filling in the Gaps with ‘Predictive Modeling’ Research at JSM 2018 in Vancouver

Another week, another opportunity for Lea(R)n to convene with brilliant minds and academic stakeholders from around the world to share some of the innovative ways we’re helping advance education and revolutionize the future of edtech and its impact on student achievement.

This week, we’re presenting at the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM), the world’s largest international gathering of statisticians. Held this year in Vancouver, British Columbia, JSM 2018 is hosting more than 6,500 attendees from 52 countries.

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Celebrating Four Years of Expanding Equitable Access for All Students to EdTech That Works

There has been a lot of celebration and reflection around the Lea(R)n office this week, as our team marked the four-year anniversary of our mission to help schools and districts expand equitable access for all students to edtech that works.

That’s been four years gathering data and insights on thousands of edtech tools and sharing them with our community of more than 100,000 educators nationwide.For many of us on the quickly growing Lea(R)n team, these accomplishments have been shared, rather than experienced personally.

So to really get a sense of what the past four years have been like, we wanted to speak to our founders — the ones who have been here since the beginning, who started the company and built it into the industry-leading edtech management and rapid-cycle evaluation system it is today.

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Convening with a Network of Educational Innovators in the City of Brotherly Love

This week, we’re attending one of the most collaborative and innovative annual gatherings for education stakeholders in the country — the 2018 EdClusters convening in Philadelphia, PA.

We’ve talked about this in a past post, but to give you a quick recap, Education Innovation Clusters (or EdClusters) are local communities of practice that bring together educators, entrepreneurs, funders, researchers, and other community members (such as families, local government officials and non-profits) to support innovative teaching and learning in their region.  

Each year, leaders from EdClusters across the country gather during a multi-day workshop to share new ideas, resources, frameworks and discoveries in an effort to learn from one another and accelerate the pace of educational innovation in their local communities.

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