Since the education technology profession is constantly evolving, CoSN conducts its IT Leadership survey annually. The survey provides valuable information about how education leaders are leveraging technology and paints a picture of potential changes in the field. Look to us for your comprehensive overview of technology trends, challenges, and priorities! The results of the survey will inform the decisions we make to serve our members going forward. Our IT Leadership survey is sponsored by SchoolDude and conducted in partnership with MDR.
Over the past decade, ed tech professionals have transformed themselves from IT specialists into strategic leaders whose work plays a critical role in all aspects of education. We are excited to see what the next decade has in store!
1. Broadband and network capacity is the top priority for IT leaders, replacing assessment readiness (which for the first time failed to make the top three).
2. Privacy and security of student data is an increasing concern for IT leaders, with 64% saying they are more important than they were last year.
3. Nearly 90% of respondents expect their instructional materials to be at least 50% digital within the next three years.
4. Virtually all responders (99%) expect to incorporate digital Open Educational Resources (OER) over the next three years, with 45% expecting their digital content to be at least 50% OER within that timeframe.
5. Nearly 80% of IT leaders use online productivity tools—the largest use of cloud-based solutions in education.
6. District bans on student personal devices are a thing of the past—only 11 percent have banning policies.
7. The path to IT leadership differs for women and men. The vast majority of women come from educational / instructional backgrounds (72%). The majority of men (54%) come from technology / technical backgrounds.
8. Racial diversity in IT leadership is lacking. 90% of school IT leaders are white.
9. IT leaders have advanced education, with 75% earning some college beyond their bachelor’s degree.
10. More than one-third of IT leaders plan to retire in the next six years.
Recent media attention has focused on the under-representation of women in high-tech fields and raised questions about gender representation in the K-12 sector. To contribute to that conversation, we dove back into our survey data to see what information we had gathered about gender. The data revealed several interesting gender discrepancies, some of which parallel industry-wide trends.