Organizing guru Marie Kondo’s relentless approach to “tidying up” has taken the world by storm. Her foundational principle has already become a cliché: Keep only those items that “spark joy.” Throw away everything else.
It’s an approach that school and district leaders should take to heart as they consider the potential — and pitfalls — of education technology.
Technology’s promise to improve student outcomes has sent schools and districts on an ed tech shopping spree. As a nation, we spend more than $13 billion per year on education technology, with the average school district (of 1,000 students or more) now using 548 ed tech apps each month.