Today, a school considering online lessons and other technologies needs a blueprint of best practices to follow, and they have few examples of fully integrated programs to guide them.
There are few successful examples of transformative technology integration.
- Most schools that use technology do so in a peripheral way, not a transformative manner.
- Schools have spent over $60 billion on computers in the last two decades but have not radically changed the schooling model.
- 40% of schools with 1:1 device access do not use computers every day.
- Advocacy and research group Project RED has identified nine elements for how a school uses technology to transform its teaching and learning model; just 1% of public schools have succeeded across all nine elements.
- “There aren’t more players in this space …you have to be really ambitious to do this and interested in getting into the gut of the schools.” – Investor in education start-ups
Schools looking to integrate technology are not aware of best practice models.
- The quickly expanding availability of educational technology resources has oversaturated the market and made it difficult for teachers to differentiate among them.
- Several organizations (e.g., Innosight Institiute) lay out different school models but few lay out the roadmap for a school to adopt a specific model; this gap has led to the rise of “integrators” that assist schools in adopting technology (e.g., Ed Elements).
- “Districts know they want to offer online courses to students and want to increase the presence of digital content, but they often don’t know where to begin.” –Digital education advocate
New players are emerging to meet a growing market need, providing consultative services to help schools design customized solutions
- 2Revolutions partners with schools at the earliest stages of the development process to design a new way of thinking about learning and teaching that is tailored to their environment.
- New Classrooms tailors the model piloted in the New York City School of One project to the needs of schools in other cities looking to build a personalized teaching program.