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Kipp Bentley

Contributing Writer

Kipp Bentley is a senior fellow with the Center for Digital Education. He has been a teacher, a librarian, and a district-level educational technology director. He currently writes and consults from Santa Fe, New Mexico.

To meet the growing need for unbiased ed-tech product evaluations, five nonprofit groups have joined forces to build and support the EdSurge Product Index, a purchasing resource for educators.
There was a marked increase in parent-school communications during the COVID-19 pandemic, and schools need to continue offering expanded opportunities for parents to engage.
The government is putting real money toward a historic expansion of America’s broadband services, but pulling it off may require accountability measures, affordable services and higher standards for minimum speeds.
Though many students struggled with remote learning, success stories proved it can be a viable model for some. Now K-12 schools have an opportunity to axe the one-size-fits-all approach and build more flexible options.
School districts continue to get hit by ransomware attacks. But it’s not just IT’s job to keep networks and data secure.
Few unbiased evaluations have been available for schools purchasing tech-based tools and curricula. That may change, but the challenge remains in getting these resources used effectively in classrooms.
The American Rescue Plan presents schools with some high-stakes opportunities to make lasting changes.
Many schools have moved their teacher professional development programs online out of necessity, and probably for good, which has created a chance to update the training to suit evolving needs.
Aside from dealing with the many losses brought on by COVID-19, as schools reopen, educators must also consider how to capitalize on the opportunities for change the pandemic has presented.
Recognizing the difficulties of administering tests during remote learning, teachers are adopting new assessment strategies.