June 24, 2021 | By Sierra Noakes
Many educators are asking, “How do I find the tools that we can leverage to achieve our vision for the 2021-22 school year?”
Public education is seeing an unprecedented investment from the CARES Act and CRRSA to support equitable instruction and learning acceleration. Districts and schools have significant flexibility in how the funding is spent, which presents opportunities to tailor investments to meet unique community needs.
Education Stabilization funding can be used to purchase edtech that supports leaders’ vision for their learners and educators. With thousands of edtech products available, and many already in use in learning contexts, how can leaders determine which tools can support the transformation they hope to achieve for learners?
When edtech tools incorporate research about learning from the start, learners are the center of product design. These types of tools ground their solution in learning sciences to meet the realities that learners face. By investing stimulus funding into products that leverage the learning sciences, educators and schools are choosing tools that hold promise for learners. Below are some resources to help you find products that center learners in the design:
Access to both devices and powerful learning experiences is essential to address the inequities COVID-19 highlighted across educational opportunities. It’s crucial to invest in edtech that intentionally supports learners disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus and school closures. Our research has found that edtech designed to consider learner variability is a powerful lever to create more equitable learning opportunities.
Funding is intended to provide integrated student support, which requires engaging the school community, including learners, educators, families, and caregivers, in designing strategic plans and visions for the long-term recovery of COVID-19. Learning and designing directly with those impacted by decision-making will ensure the most powerful plans are devised to support authentic needs. Below are resources to support creating and facilitating conversations with learners, educators, and communities.