The past few decades have brought significant changes in K-12 education. The federal E-rate program helped wire the nation’s schools. Many schools have empowered students by giving them a mobile device for learning. Education is becoming more personalized and engaging, with students taking a more active role in their learning.
Student-driven inquiry, creation, and collaboration are replacing teacher-centered instruction — and anytime, anywhere learning is becoming a reality. These investments served students well when COVID-19 forced schools to transition to remote instruction in early 2020, allowing teaching and learning to continue from home. However, the sudden shift to remote education also revealed significant gaps in the preparedness of some.