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The State of K-12 IT

Findings from the Speak Up 2017 Research Project Prepared by Project Tomorrow for iboss
November 2018


97% of district administrators say the effective use of instructional technology in school is important for preparing students for future success. 68% say it is extremely important.

Students and teachers are increasingly using more technology in the classroom, with even higher rates of usage predicted in the next few years.

Per technology leaders, the top 5 digital learning experiences implemented in classrooms today...

Cloud based communications and collaboration tools (85%)
Online assessments (77%)
Using student data to inform instruction (73%)
Social media use for communications with parents (65%)
Digital content such as videos, animations and simulations (54%)

Technology leaders predict these digital initiatives will grow faster than others in their district...

Trend Percent of Tech Leaders
Flipped Learning 54%
Blended Learning 53%
Competency-Based Learning 47%
Open Education Resources 44%
Online PD for Teachers 43%
Digital Games within Instruction 42%
1:1 Mobile Devices in Class 37%

More student data is accessible online than ever.
Districts continuing shifting to the cloud for:

  • email (86%)
  • school portals (77%)
  • grade books (75%)
  • learning management systems (69%)
  • student information systems (65%)

This represents over 100% growth in the use of these cloud apps since 2010.

55% of technology leaders in urban districts identify “safeguards to protect privacy of digital student data” as a top requirement when planning for new digital initiatives.

Cloud Concerns

#1 - 58% of technology leaders say their top concern with cloud applications is ensuring data privacy

33% of tech leaders are concerned about teachers’ lack of understanding about how to protect student data

61% of district administrators say teacher PD on student data privacy is a top priority
8% of teachers recognize that they need that type of PD today

How districts are protecting student data (2017 vs 2014)

How they are protecting data Staff person assigned for data privacy and security Hardware and software in place Understand legal obligations Educate teachers about policies and procedures Detailed district policies and procedures in place District controls downloads
2017 – all tech leaders 45% 70% 67% 59% 52% 51%
2014 – all tech leaders 40% 77% 52% 46% 45% 41%

71% of district administrators are concerned about the security of their network against malicious attacks or misbehavior.

Top 5 obstacles districts face effectively protecting students, teachers and staff

  1. Balancing access to educational resources with security (57%)
  2. Lack of technology expertise among teachers and administrators (55%)
  3. Keeping up with the pace of technology adoption (43%)
  4. Students and teachers circumventing existing policies (39%)
  5. Securing mobile devices both on and off premises (29%)

SOURCE: Speak Up Research Initiative, 2017-18 Findings - the results of the authentic, unfiltered views of 406,779 K-12 students, parents, and educators from around the world. Speak Up is an annual research initiative of Project Tomorrow, a global nonprofit organization. Surveys were open from October 2017 through January 2018. Learn more about Speak Up and other research findings from Project Tomorrow at tomorrow.org.

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