Here's What to Look for When Evaluating an EdTech Resource
Did you know that in 2021, the global edtech market was valued at USD 106.46 billion? Furthermore, the annual growth rate in education technology is expected to grow by over 16.5% from 2022 to 2030.
Over at Summit K12, we talk about EdTech quite a bit in education, but what does it mean to the average person?
What Is EdTech?
EdTech is a combination of both education and technology. It refers to hardware and software designed to enhance teacher-led classroom learning and assist learners outside of the school day. EdTech aims to improve students’ education outcomes most efficiently and engagingly possible.
Over the past two years, EdTech has become more personalized, meaningful, and even necessary due to school closures. Effective EdTech products or services reinforce new content at a pace for individual learners, provides a place for growth, and, when done right—it helps move students up to different levels while enhancing their skills.
EdTech Notables at a Glance
- EdTech refers to new technological implementations in the classroom;
- In-classroom tablets, engaging games and programs, interactive; projection screens and whiteboards, online content delivery, and MOOCs are all examples of EdTech;
- The goal of EdTech is to improve student outcomes, save teachers time, enhance individualized education, and reduce the teaching burden on instructors.
All around the globe, we use education technology in many ways—from helping teachers with basic tasks such as taking attendance to creating incredible learning experiences—while bumping up student learning outcomes.
EdTech can help students in many ways, especially when they face barriers such as school closings or living in remote locations. With EdTech, teachers can ensure the continuity of education for all students as long as they have the right tools.
According to LearnPlatform’s Annual EdTech Top 40, US school districts used 89% more EdTech tools over the past two years than any other time in history.
Since the pandemic, technology has changed the way we live and work, and the need for scalable, efficient, and effective remote learning tools has taken on a new urgency.
Keep in mind that EdTech assists teachers and students in two significant ways—by enhancing what educators teach in the classroom and expanding what students can do outside the school building.
Here are some essential things to consider when evaluating an edtech product.