Question: What products are currently in most demand?
Tracy: School districts are looking for products that can enhance or streamline what they already have or what they are doing. STEM-related products and classroom teaching tools are hot items, including 3D printers, coding devices, document cameras, amplification speakers and headphones. AI and gamification technology are also trending. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies says that challenge-based gamification in e-learning can improve educational outcomes by as much as 89.45% ( 2 ).
Question: What challenges are IT directors facing in purchasing technology?
Tracy: IT directors face challenges, especially around budgeting for hardware and software, as well as professional development and maintenance for the devices. Other challenges include the time to train the teachers, limited support staff and equity to have all resources easily accessible to students and teachers no matter where they are within the school district.