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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

E-Learning Software Tops Educator Shopping List

"When it comes to choosing what technology will be added to schools, e-learning and classroom management top the list." according to Dian Schaffhauser, Writer who covers technology and business for a number of publications.

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While half of schools already use e-learning software and online homework portals, another 29 percent expect to add or update that in their classroom arsenals. The story is similar for classroom management software. Half of classrooms have it; and 19 percent expect to get it or upgrade what's in place.

Game-based learning and mobile apps for learning have found homes in four of 10 classrooms, with another three in 10 predicting that they'll be bolstering mobile app usage for learning and two in 10 intending to build up the use of gaming in their classrooms.

CompTIA's recent report, "The Changing Classroom: Perspectives from Students and Educators on the Role of Technology," examines these and other results from a survey conducted in September among 400 educators and administrators in K-12 settings.

According to the survey's findings, the larger the school, the greater the adoption. For example, the report stated that among schools with more than 1,000 students, 58 percent currently use classroom management software; that count is only 45 percent in schools with fewer than 499 students. The use of social media for learning or communication is also more prevalent at larger schools: 52 percent of schools with more than 1,000 students reported that they use some form of social media; only a third of schools with 500-999 students said the same.

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) and flipped classrooms are also more common in larger schools. Overall, however, only 23 percent of schools reported using flipped classes; and only 17 percent said they are trying MOOCs.
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Source: T.H.E. Journal


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