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Wearables See Major Jump as New Form Factors Emerge

Wearables are seeing a huge surge in growth. The total number of smart wearable devices shipped in the first quarter of 2021 grew by more than 34% over the same quarter in 2020.

Procurement Shifts Online as a Result of Pandemic

Across all sectors, including K–12 and higher education, procurement is making a big shift toward online, propelled in large part by the pandemic. Some 85% of organizations report they pushed more of their procurement to digital as a direct result fo the pandemic, and 96% of those expect to continue doing so beyond the pandemic, according to a report released this week.

E-Learning to Reach $1 Trillion Within 6 Years

The surge in distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic is helping to drive staggering growth in the worldwide e-learning market.

K–12 Expanding Services in Response to Pandemic

In the last year, to help its community of students, families, teachers and staff through the pandemic, K-12 districts began offering new services. Those included contract tracing, remote counseling and more.

Cybersecurity Top K–12 IT Priority with Lousy Follow Through

Twenty-three percent of school systems have a full-time employee dedicated to network security. According to a new survey, urban districts were the most likely (41%) to have a cybersecurity specialist on staff, while rural and town districts were least likely (each with 15%); 19% of suburban districts reported a specialist.

Broadband and Digital Equity Top Concerns Among IT Leaders

Concerns about digital equity are on the rise among IT leaders in K–12 education. Nearly every respondent in a recent survey said he or she had heightened worries about students' home access to devices and the internet, to support remote learning.

3 Ways to Support Students Lacking Adequate Broadband

Students in rural areas, in areas just outside of suburbs and in areas with high population density (subsidized apartments, mobile home parks) have less access to high-speed internet than their counterparts in cities and suburbs. There’s also an estimates 1.47 million homeless K–12 students in the United States, who also have significant issues with access.

Students Get Mobile During Remote Learning

Students have been moving around quite a bit during remote learning — sometimes studying at friends houses, sometimes studying from multiple states.

Report: Districts Should Help Families with Their WiFi Needs

According to a new report, there are steps schools and districts can take to help improve their students’ home WiFi performance — some at a cost, some using IT staff expertise and legwork.

Study: Device Quality Impacts Remote Learning

Broadband access and speed aren’t the only technological concerns for students engaged in remote and hybrid learning. The quality of the student device itself also plays a key role, according to a new study.

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