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Educational Technology Trends Report

Educational Technology Trends Report

Educational Technology Trends, part of the State of the K-12 Market Report series, is MDR's seventh annual review of the school technology market. Based on a national survey of district technology leaders , this report combines external research findings and relevant market data to offer a wealth of practical, actionable advice for providers of education products and services. It also describes various aspects of K-12 education with commentaries about issues and trends impacting the industry. Educational Technology Trends includes comprehensive information about today’s K-12 technology landscape, as well as data on district technology priorities and budget forecasts for hardware, software, teacher training, and tech support. Findings address the context of rapidly changing technology (including instructional content, delivery devices, and enterprise management systems); innovative pedagogy; and external influences (e.g., statewide online assessments and increasing student data privacy and security concerns.)

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From the survey data reported in Educational Technology Trends, findings include: (1) More than two-fifths of districts expect hardware and software budgets to increase (44% and 42% respectively) in 2016-2017.(2)The most widely used classroom technologies are standard projectors (in 73% of districts), interactive whiteboards (64%), and document cameras (60%). (3) The most widely-used personal computing devices are laptops (in 62% of districts), Chromebooks (43%), and tablets (37%).

Chapter 1: Overview
National Survey of Decision Makers
The Sample Universe
Education and Industry Data
Chapter 2: The K-12 Education Technology Landscape
National Education Technology Plan
Technology in the New Every Student Succeeds Act
Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants
Emphasis on Technology Integration
Evidence Require
Connectivity Is Key
The E-Rate Program
Home Connectivity
Student Data Privacy
Updating FERPA: Federal Legislation Stalled
State Legislative Activity
Other Privacy Initiatives
Key Takeaways: Technology Market Landscape
Chapter 3: Technology Funding and Purchasing
Funding for Technology
Federal Funding
State Funding
Technology Budget Outlook
Decision Making and Information Resources
Roles of Technology Directors in District Purchasing
Information Resources
Implementation Support
Chapter 4: Hardware
Developments Affecting the Hardware Market
District Implementations of One-to-One Computing
Online Assessment
Personal Computing Devices
Laptops 50
Productivity Tools
Key Takeaways: Personal Computing Devices
Classroom Technologies
Interactive Whiteboards
Projectors (Interactive and Standard)
Flat Panel Displays
Document Cameras
3D Printers 72
Key Takeaways: Classroom Technologies
Chapter 5: Enterprise Management Systems
Overview: Systems to Manage Resources and Information
Developments Affecting the Market
Federal and State Initiatives
Data Interoperability
Single Sign-On
Student Rosters
Data-Driven Decision Making
Awareness of Industry Initiatives
Student Information Systems (SISs)
Implementation Rates of Student Information Systems in Districts
Penetration Rates: Providers of Student Information Systems
Trends in Student Information Systems
Learning Management Systems (LMSs)
What Is a Learning Management System?
Implementation of Learning Management Systems
Penetration Rates: Providers of Learning Management Systems
Trends in Learning Management Systems
Data Analytics Systems
Implementation of Data Analytics in Districts
Trends in Analytics Systems
Key Takeaways: Enterprise Management Systems
Appendix A: Tables
Appendix B: Survey Materials

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