Why do schools spend money? What informs their decision-making, and what do we know about about the patterns of U.S. schools and how they spend money on educational technology?
Since EduTech Specs is designed to be a research resource for those seeking greater insight into these topics, we will follow a template each week of identifying our Purpose, Scope and Research Questions before tackling those specific questions with data.
Section #1 - Economic Data
Purpose: To understand the national trends affecting the implementation of innovative technology in the classroom.
Scope: K-12 School Systems (Primarily Public)
Spending: How are schools spending their money (Regarding Instructional Technologies)?
According to Simba Information's 2016 K-12 Classroom Technology Survey Report and Data Appendix:
Personal Computing Devices for Students are a main priority.
Shifting to Digital Content is very important for some states and districts.
Digital Content and Software is being discovered ad hoc by teachers themselves.
Trend: What is the trend of spending over time?
Spending on Professional Development is shifting focus but has plateaued.
Assessment and Testing are gaining increased attention from districts.
Funding primarily comes from Districts, especially as 2017 brings uncertainties.
Simba Information's reports are made available to paying agencies, but students at participating universities can access their content for free. Click HERE if you are a current student at Syracuse University and would like to learn more.
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