Technology Counts 2020: Coronavirus, Virtual Learning, and Beyond

The massive, systemwide move to remote learning over the past few months created huge frustrations for educators. Those sentiments showed up in the results from surveys conducted by the EdWeek Research Center and in Education Week’s reporting. Teacher morale dropped, student engagement was down, and budget cutting plans were already starting.

But, at the same time, by necessity, K-12 educators across the country upgraded their tech skills faster than ever before. What impact will those newfound technology and virtual teaching skills have on K-12 education when school buildings reopen? And could the increased use of technology heighten already big concerns about data privacy and students spending too much time in front of screens?

This issue of Technology Counts tackles those kinds of questions in an effort to help K-12 school district leaders, principals, and teachers tackle the technological challenges they will face in the year ahead.

Technology Counts 2020


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Technology & Schools: Coronavirus, Remote Learning, and Beyond
June 11, 2020 @ 1 p.m. ET

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Smartphones and Other Devices in Schools: Results of a National Survey (PDF)
This report examines the uses and abuses of devices in schools.

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Education Week’s annual Technology Counts report takes a hard look at how the massive shift to remote learning under COVID-19 is shaping ed-tech use now and into the future.
June 3, 2020 – Education Week

Surveys by the EdWeek Research Center show teachers seeing their ability to use technology improving during school closures, but huge tech-equity issues could get worse.
June 3, 2020 – Education Week

The big question is whether educators will be more likely to turn to technology in the classroom when students are back in school buildings.
June 3, 2020 – Education Week

Answers from more than 30 teachers range from heartening to hopeless, and everywhere in between. Though varied, almost all of the feedback shows teachers’ commitment to their students.
June 3, 2020 – Education Week

The rapid shift to remote learning forced educators across the country to upgrade their tech skills. But will those newfound skills transform teaching and learning?
June 3, 2020 – Education Week

As school districts equip students with more laptops and tablets than ever before, the big question is how that will reshape learning inside and outside the classroom.
June 3, 2020 – Education Week

An EdWeek Research Center national survey of educators and interviews with school principals reveal big concerns about how the proliferation of digital devices is affecting K-12 education.
June 3, 2020 – Education Week

Professors Elliot Soloway and Cathie Norris reflect on how ed tech use in schools has changed in the last five years, and then predict what might lie ahead in a time of massive disruption in K-12.
June 3, 2020 – Education Week

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