Trends and Issues in Education Technology

Majority of institutions are taking advantage of new technology and leveraging its use to maximize opportunity and boost efficiency. So why should technology for schools be any different?

Educational technology has made progress in recent years. Many schools currently use technology to provide greater access to online courses, utilize teaching methods such as blended learning, access educational resources, connect with other education leaders through social media, nurture professional development, and much more.

However, the rapid and constant pace of change in technology has presented education with challenges. For example, it is becoming increasingly difficult for schools to spend time playing catch up and find ways to fund updating equipment. Challenges like these are causing a digital divide among schools and districts, ultimately creating many trends and issues in education technology.

Technology infrastructure is one area where many trends and issues are arising. Demands have changed during the past decade, from a focus on simply gaining connectivity to finding enough bandwidth to run more complex applications in classrooms, such as streaming audio and video.

According to the Federal Communications Commission, 97 percent of schools across the country had Internet connectivity as of 2010. Far fewer, however, were able to successfully meet the need for higher speed access, the FCC said, citing that demand as one reason it unveiled its National Broadband Plan in March 2010.

To build infrastructure, many schools and districts are streamlining their processes. They are turning to outside vendors to adopt online solutions that offer programs from Common Core preparation and online courses, to online registration, SIS systems, managing student data, reporting, and more.

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