Ed Tech Trends

Many Parents Say Tech Barriers Hindered Academic Success in the Last Year

A new survey of 1,000 parents of school-age children (age 0–10) found that nearly half (48%) reported technological barriers that hindered their kids' academic success over the last year. Barriers included limited equipment, lack of Wi-Fi and other factors.

At the same time, parents were split on how the pandemic affected their kids' learning and productivity. The plurality, 40%, saw an increase in learning and productivity, while a nearly equal number (38%) reported a decrease as a result of the aforementioned barriers.

The findings were part of a fall 2021 parent survey overseen by ed tech company codeSpark, which offers a game-based educational tool focused on STEM for grades K–5. The tool, codeSpark Academy, is free for public schools in North America.

Other findings included:

  • 18.5% of parents made a decision to keep their kids in remote learning;
  • Most students (51%) were back in the classroom this year; and
  • 66.2% of students prefer in-person learning.

The findings were not released in a report accessible to the public. Further information about codeSpark can be found at codespark.com.

About the Author

David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 29-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

He can be reached at [email protected]. You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at or follow him on Twitter at @THEDavidNagel (K-12) or @CampusTechDave (higher education).