Edtech Is Big Business, but Does It Really Work?

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The edtech sector has lots of generous benefactors, including charitable foundations funded by tech titans like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

But do edtech products actually, provably help kids learn?

Anecdotally, the answer is yes. Scientifically, though, it’s more of a maybe. Randomized or quasi-experimental studies supporting edtech products are a rarity, and most edtech products hit the market before their impact on students has been rigorously tested.

What are the potential pitfalls of fusing education and technology? We spoke with three edtech experts to learn more.

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