NewSchools has recently released an updated technology market map for the K-12 sector. As they have in the past, NewSchools partnered with Education Elements and Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation (formerly the Innosight Institute) to identify and organize companies that are currently working in the K-12 education market.
Browsing through the map of ed tech companies can easily make one feel the pain a school district feels when they are trying to piece together the best solution for their specific needs. With the categories of Data, Instructional Systems, Curricula, and Talent Management, and then 23 different sub categories under these, it is no wonder educational leaders worry about finding resources that will help their teachers and their students. It’s a dizzying, and growing, field of options!
How can the industry help clear things up?
Clarity – Don’t offer your product or solution as the answer to every problem. Focus on what it does well and don’t oversell yourself.
Interoperability – Open APIs. Play well with others. ‘Nuff said.