• Hardware to top education technology spending growth in 2016

Education technology spending will increase again in 2016 and continue an upturn in growth that started in 2013, according to education research firm EdNET Insight.

The study found that while teacher training and tech support budgets have dropped slightly, investment in hardware and software spending both increased in 2015. It added that this increase has been driven by a rise in online testing, marketplace demand and innovation.

The biggest area of investment noted in the report was hardware (46%), with tablet purchases planned for almost nine in ten (87%) schools. Laptops will also see an increase, with 86% of secondary schools planning purchases. The report noted, however, that this figure will decrease within primary education.

Kathleen Brantley, senior director at EdNET Insight, said: “The shift from print toward digital materials will continue, and districts are clear on what they expect from those materials.

“They must support personalised learning (92%), include an assessment component (90%) and be compatible with multiple devices and operating systems (90%).”

The research, which included 287 technology administrators and 280 curriculum directors from US primary and secondary schools, found that technology budgets are ‘holding fast’ to last year but 46% hope to see spending increased this year.