Current Market Trends
Classroom tools is a sector of education technology that’s on the rise, with the K-12 curriculum leaders that were surveyed stating that spend was up 1% in 2021 compared to 2020. In addition, spend is forecast to grow more aggressively in 2022, exceeding 2020’s figures by 18%.
Use of LMS within classrooms has grown significantly, with more than half of all districts reportedly using LMS software, and a further 37% expecting to introduce it within the next two years.
Districts are also noticing a link between the use of LMS and improvements in student achievement. More than four in five districts said that their LMS had directly led to increased student performance. However, there are opportunities for new entrants to push out established brands.
Districts believe that LMS providers can do more to improve the overall learning experience and address weaknesses in tools available to teachers. Results from this study show that one in three districts using an LMS was considering either replacing it or adding additional vendors to the roster.
This classroom tools report is based on interviews with school IT decision makers in the USA. The respondents represent all 50 states, grouped by East Coast, West Coast and Central states. It focuses on the current and projected ownership of interactive classroom technology tools, Learning Management Systems (LMS), productivity software, STEM technologies, adaptive learning software and formative assessment technologies, as well as the key priorities and obstacles faced.
Understanding the current adoption levels of EdTech in K-12 schools, along with planned investment, is often challenging. This is due to the large number of vendors and the different solutions offered to schools. In addition, the decision-makers and influencers often operate at district level, so CTOs and CIOs do not have the same level of influence typical of other industries.
This classroom tools report is one in a series of four education technology reports from Futuresource, with the other three covering:
| Client Device Computing
| Audio Visual Devices
| Administration Tools
| Comprehensive PDF report
| Executive summary
| Classroom tools overview
| Budgets and priorities
| Learning management systems (LMS)
| Digital formative assessment tools
| Digital summative assessment tools
| Digital homework submission tools
| STEM and immersive technologies
| Classroom productivity tools
| Spend and software procurement
| Feedback on the current usage of EdTech in schools and planned investment in classroom tools
| Insights into which factors are most important to schools when investing in classroom tools and their planned future purchases
| Barriers to investment are also explored, as well as key methods of procurement
| EdTech market analysis
| EdTech market size
Futuresource has been tracking, researching and consulting on the global education technology market for more than 20 years. However, since 2020, the pandemic has placed a spotlight on EdTech and the role it has played in keeping children educated, and Futuresource’s reporting has been ramped up accordingly. This publication is one in a series of highly granular research reports, produced to provide businesses with an holistic view of the market.
Any enterprise operating within the EdTech sector will benefit from this report, particularly:
| Manufacturers and their suppliers
| Resellers and VARs
| Intermediaries and supply chain
| EdTech market strategists, marketing and sales professionals
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