Technology Counts 2017, the 20th annual report on the status of ed tech in K-12 schools, reveals that over the last decade the "digital divide" in Americas public schools has shifted. This divide continues to be fueled by resource inequality, but gaps in teacher training, and the uncertain future of the federal E-rate program are now major contributors as well.
Technology Counts 2016 explores the challenges teachers encounter using technology in the classroom, including connectivity issues, computer malfunctions, and lack of training. Overwhelmingly, teachers rely on each other when deciding on which tech tools to use in their classrooms, according to exclusive survey results released in the report. Many tech companies also are looking to connect with teachers to pilot new products and to get teacher buy-in before the final product goes to market.
The report features Education Week's first-ever Tech Confidence Index, which captures teachers' attitudes about the promise technology holds for K-12 schools, now and in the future.
With challenges playing out in schools nationwide, as they launch 1-to-1 computing programs and expand their use of digital curricula, Technology Counts 2015 looks at both the obstacles and the opportunities such programs offer.
Discover how successful schools select the right digital learning devices, avoid costly 1-to-1 computing mistakes, put open source resources to work, and much more.
With only about a year to go before students in most states are scheduled to take new, online assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards, Technology Counts 2014 takes a look at how districts are taking stock of whether the technology they have on hand will meet their needs. Many schools are now seeing, late in the game, that the gap between what they have and what they need is troubling.
Discover what districts are doing to find the right uses of technology that fit their needs, and means, particularly as it relates to the new common assessment standards.
Technology Counts 2013: Building the Digital District takes a major step in outlining the barriers educators and policymakers are facing, and how they are moving beyond them, in building schools that maximize the use of digital tools to improve student achievement. It also covers the pressures school districts are under to modernize, the high priority being placed on 1-to-1 computing and much more.
Technology Counts 2012: Virtual Shift tackles the shift in the virtual education landscape, where the rise in popularity is intersecting with a call for greater accountability. The report examines the growth of district-based programs designed with more local control in mind, and it tracks state legislative efforts to expand online education while also evaluating its effectiveness. It also covers the critical accountability questions facing virtual education providers, particularly for-profit companies, and issues related to the financial sustainability of state-sponsored e-schools.
Technology Counts 2009, Breaking Away From Tradition: E-Education Expands Opportunities for Raising Achievement, examines why e-learning is one of the most important issues in educational technology and how it is reshaping the way K-12 education is delivered.