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Educators report low confidence in ed-tech research


A new survey reveals that vendor research is widely read, but most educators feel they can't depend on it

“Educators and students alike lose out when it’s unclear which solution works best for a given classroom or learning need–and when it’s hard to find reliable research to make informed choices about ed tech,” says ISTE Chief Learning Officer Joseph South. “This survey points us in a direction towards what resources need to be made available to schools and districts.”

The majority of respondents (69 percent) keep up with ed-tech research regularly, and more than eight in 10 reported they are “very comfortable with ed tech and believe in its potential to positively impact teaching and learning.”

Educators say they are are most likely to discuss ed-tech research when talking with colleagues about a recommended tool (70 percent) and during collaborative planning time (64 percent).

Respondents believe local schools and districts (67 percent), as well as research (65 percent) and education nonprofits (63 percent), are best equipped to “conduct valid research about the effectiveness of different edtech tools and disseminate those findings.”

“The results of this survey reinforce the need for new approaches to gathering and sharing reliable data about education technology,” says Bart Epstein, CEO of JEX. “Many educators seek better and more objective data about ed tech–but often struggle to navigate a complex, fragmented network of information.”

Laura Ascione

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