ISTE’s current CEO, Richard Culatt, who is slated to be at the helm of the new joint organization, spoke with EdSurge early last week about how this merger reflects the “infusion” of edtech in learning in a post-pandemic world.
“Unfortunately, what has not come along with that is the thoughtful discipline and strategy for using [tech] in ways that improve learner engagement, close equity gaps, and improve inclusivity,” Culatt explained.
During the chaos of fully remote learning, districts purchased edtech tools one by one with no long-term strategy. With that, an edtech tool sprawl began across many districts. The effects of this sprawl are only now becoming apparent, with district leaders suddenly realizing the steep costs in dollars and morale.
Many tech tools are purchased to solve a single problem, resulting in siloed data, inefficiency, wasted funds, and a negative impact on student engagement. In a 2022 survey, 72% of educators agreed that too many tech tools negatively impacted student engagement.
As schools return to operating at a new normal and pandemic-padded school budgets deflate, districts are starting to take stock of the damage. Data warehouses that no one is really using. Learning tools with no transparency to the curriculum department. Parents are confused about all the different places to go for information.
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