30 K-12 edtech predictions for 2021

January 1, 2021

What edtech trends will take top billing in schools and districts in the new year? eSchool News asked edtech executives, stakeholders, and experts to share some of their thoughts and predictions about where they think edtech is headed in 2021. See what Kate Eberle Walker, CEO of PresenceLearning, has to say…

A Day in the Life of a Speech Language Pathologist

Here is an interesting video of some SLPs talking about their work experiences in the Prairie Lakes school district of Iowa. The SLPs discussed their expanding roles in schools. For example, more SLPs are providing consultative services to teachers and helping children develop their language skills, such as reading comprehension and vocabulary. One SLP even

SLPs and Researchers Enthusiastic about Telepractice in Schools

As the demand for SLPs in school districts rises, more and more schools are facing severe shortages of SLPs. A 2008 article in The ASHA Leader reported that public schools in West Virginia are turning to telepractice technology to address these personnel shortages. Jeanne Juenger, an SLP in West Virginia, said, “It’s no secret that

Oklahoma School Superintendent Says Telepractice Program is a “Great Success”

A 2006 article in The ASHA Leader reported that a speech telepractice program was successful in reaching out to students in rural areas of Oklahoma. The program, called Speech TeleTherapy, utilizes interactive teleconferencing and a document camera called “Elmo” that makes it possible for students to view lessons and play language-oriented board games during therapy

Year-Long Pilot Program Suggests Telepractice is as Effective as Face-to-Face Therapy in Schools

Telepractice can specifically aid school districts that have limited access to SLPs. A new study conducted by researchers at Kent State University indicates that telepractice methods for providing speech-language therapy are just as effective as traditional on-site therapy for students. Thirty-eight children from four rural school districts in Ohio participated in a pilot program in

More Schools Adopting Telemedicine

A CBS News video clip highlighted the shift that many schools are making from traditional health care services to telemedicine. In Rochester, NY, eleven daycare centers and seven schools are now using telemedicine to connect to ten doctors’ offices in the city. Through online platforms, nurses can diagnose minor illnesses and infections in children—the Rochester

Education Study Finds Online Learning Beats Face-to-Face Learning

An article in the New York Times yesterday reports that a new Department of Education study reached the conclusion that “On average, students in online learning conditions perform better than those receiving face-to-face instruction”. The study, conducted by SRI International, examined 99 academic reports from 1996 – 2008 that directly compared students’ online and classroom