The new school year started this week in DC. Out here in the burbs, kids have been in class longer. Some places in the country, they’ve been going since late July.
And almost all those schools likely have one thing in common: their current number one concern remains “learning loss”.
Certainly there must be some kind of tech fix for the problem, right?
It’s the start of a new school year. And, just as with that other new year’s day, we get lots of prognostication about schools, teachers, and students in the coming twelve months.1
Most are not worth the bytes from which they’re constructed.
UNESCO recently released a 427-page report on the use of technology in education around the world called the 2023 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report: Technology in education: A tool on whose terms?
In it they don’t find many positive things to say about edtech.
Not the technology itself. Some devices, software, and web apps are being used to make big impacts on student learning. Although it’s probably a pretty small percentage of all that stuff.
Earlier this summer, I saw a lot of talk about “edtech” in my feeds. Of course, some of this was due to the ISTE conference, held in their usual timeframe at the end of June. Mostly live for the first time in three years.