Digital Content Trends

As electronics continue to be an integral part of everyday life, school districts are leveraging options for online solutions to supplement traditional materials. More schools are even accepting personal electronic devices as a viable platform to deliver education materials directly into the hands of students. This a quite a change from 2010 when 69% of U.S. schools had a ban on personal electronics, in 2016, that number is down to 11%.

In 2016, the K-12 IT Leadership Survey was distributed to 120,000 U.S. school system technology leaders, and more than 500 surveys were completed. The survey is intended to highlight trends and changes in the industry.

The survey asked participants to indicate their top three priorities from a list of 20 options. The survey found that broadband and network capacity, wireless access and mobile learning were the first, second and third priorities respectively among IT leaders. Assessment readiness was not listed as a priority as it had been in previous reports.

The survey also found that:

  • 64% of respondents said that privacy and student data is more important than last year;
  • close to 90% expect their instructional materials to be 50% digitized within the next three years;
  • nearly all respondents expect to use open educational resources (OER) throughout the upcoming three years, with 45% expecting digital content to be at least 50 percent OER.

The full K-12 IT Leadership Survey Report is available for a free download on the CoSN site.

By: Alex Alo
Digital Content and Art Project Manager