July 8, 2021

Be bold, not reckless, when investing relief funds in ed tech

School districts should think creatively but responsibly when planning to spend federal COVID-19 relief funds over the next several years in order to show appropriators that the money allocated was justified. Investments in ed tech, for example, could include new programs that extend and enhance core subject learning, as well as exposure to the arts, in ways that are engaging for students, speakers said.

School system leaders are currently weighing the best ways to spend nearly $200 billion in federal aid, knowing there is much pressure for transparency and results. “If we don’t use these funds well right now, then we won’t see a lot more coming down the pipe,” said ISTE speaker Chris Rush, director of educational technology at the U.S Department of Education.

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