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The state of edtech during COVID 19

The COVID-19 pandemic forced many schools to close to prevent coronavirus from spreading. Even as students and teachers transitioned to remote learning, many school districts continued to face challenges in providing students with opportunities for distance learning.

Online learning barometer

Weekly active users of online learning
5/31/2020 compared to 3/01/2020

Student activity dropped, then stabilized

Most schools were still in session the week of 3/1. After schools closed, student activity did not return to pre-closure rates or match activity from the previous year.

Teacher activity dropped, then increased

After schools closed, teacher activity increased by 16% for the 2019 year, and exceeded overall activity compared to the previous school year.

Wide variance in edtech activity by state

We compared edtech activity during our post-closure peak week (4/19) with our baseline week before schools closed (3/1).

More evening logins with remote learning

What time of day were students and teachers logging in? We compared logins by hour between our baseline week in March and a school closure week in April.

Fastest growing applications

When schools closed the week of 3/15, applications on Clever saw rapid growth of student and teacher activity. These learning applications exhibited the highest growth in activity from March to April.

Growth for teacher-adopted applications

Teachers sought after learning applications to support remote instruction. These learning applications received the most teacher signups between 3/15 and 4/25.
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Supporting schools

This report shows usage statistics by week, using the week of March 1 as the pre-school closure baseline. Active user metrics come from Clever Portal which is used by more than 15 million students and teachers monthly across all 50 states. Student and teacher activity is defined as the number of users with weekly activity on the Clever platform. To compare user activity year over year, we normalized the data by dividing it by the number of weekly active users in the last week of January of that year.

Growth applications measure the increase in student and teacher activity among edtech apps selected by their school districts. Applications installed for remote learning measures the increase in teacher signups for learning applications in Clever Library, a set of resources available within Clever Portal. Teachers have used Clever Library to create more than 40 million accounts for students.

Our Privacy Policy clearly explains how we collect, use, and share information. Our collection, use, and disclosure of Student Data is governed by our Terms of Use, by the provision of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and applicable state laws that relate to the collection of Student Data. Read more about data privacy, security, and compliance in our Trust Center.

To help schools transition to remote learning, we partnered with Zoom to provide a premium video conferencing experience, launched a new tool for parents to help their children log in and learn from home, and more. Learn more about how Clever supports remote learning.