The pandemic has increased the use of technology-enabled learning in school districts across the country. This rise of smart technology in the classroom is here to stay according to Karl Rectanusco-founder and CEO, and Mary Styers, Ph.D.. Director of Research with both LearnPlatformwho met the Voices of eLearning hosts JW Marshall and Leena M. Saleh.
“On average, school districts access more than 1,400 different Ed-tech tools each month,” Rectanus said. “It’s time to modernize learning by building capacity, increasing evidence of what works and informing decision makers.”
For school districts to conduct the right studies and collect the right amount of data for their situation and environment, they need evidence that matches what their current students look like right now. “We’re helping districts see how it works in their context, so these qualitative studies will help them see what the evidence looks like to them directly,” Styers said.
Districts also realized that a minimal number of Ed-tech system surveys were working at a time when e-learning was not so extensive. But with the rapid pace of technology in school districts, more is needed to keep up with the vast amount of work produced in the classroom.
LearnPlatform, which provides groundbreaking tools that help educators select digital learning products, offers an inventory dashboard to see which products are viewed by students and teachers. “It’s a game-changer because it would have taken months before,” Rectanus said.
What has traditionally been limited trust in the relationship between vendors and school districts, “is now an opportunity to build a partnership that works, so when we have a level playing field as to what matters for evidence and how we are going to share this, it takes the tension away,” Rectanus said.
This type of partnership is why LearnPlatform is launching Impact Ready, a certification solution that vendors can earn by “having a logic model, sharing data confidentiality agreements, and being willing to share usage data to research,” Rectanus said. Because “districts tell us they have so much product, if they could get a signal of what has evidence and what has a non-disclosure agreement, it would save so much time.”
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