If Silicon Valley builds it, will educators come?
Developers are getting mountains of cash to create digital tools for the classroom and teachers are eager to incorporate technology into their lesson plans. But school districts only have so much money to spend and teachers only have so much time to discover and learn how to use new software, raising questions about whether an ed-tech bubble is forming.
In 2013, venture investment in K-12 education technology jumped 6 percent to $452 million, according to statistics from the New School Venture Fund. Google's products are especially popular with teachers, which would explain why the company on Tuesday launched Google Classroom, which ties together Docs, Drive and Gmail into one student-friendly package.