Futuresource has been tracking, analysing and consulting upon developments in the global EdTech market for over 20 years. However, this past 18 months the COVID-19 pandemic has really placed a spotlight on EdTech and the role it has played in maintaining and continuing the education of children.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact across the United States and the education of children of all ages. Education was disrupted for more than 50 million K-12 learners and schools were forced to rely more heavily on technology to deliver an education to these children in an unprecedented way, never having been in such a situation before.
Technology has been driving changes for a number of years now in terms of how students and teachers interact but the importance of this has been highlighted by COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic brought to the fore not just the need for technology for students and teachers to interact, but also the role EdTech can play in collaborative learning and connectivity. These are areas where the challenges over the past 18 months have exposed the disparities and inconsistencies both within schools and for the students and teachers across the United States.
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The COVID 19 crisis continues to have a major impact on the development of the Education PC market. Although schools have reopened in the majority of countries, stimulus packages are continuing to be rolled out by governments and also by the EU to aid recovery from the crisis and invest in devices to equip students and teachers for distance learning.