Beyond School Hours 2020 — Modern Tech and After School
Updated March 10, 2020
Disney World was only a few miles away, but it was all business at Beyond School Hours (BSH) 2020 in Orlando. During three-and-a-half days, some of the nation’s top before and after school professionals came together to network while learning and discussing industry trends. Here are some of our key observations from BSH 2020.
Dartmouth professor of astrophysics Jedidah Isler, PhD, placed a strong emphasis on the importance of after school programs as a stairway to future success in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. With a multitude of STEM curriculum demonstrations and exhibit sessions taking place, conference attendees were exposed to everything from a student-built race car to virtual reality curriculum. This trend towards after school programs as leaders in STEM education is something we only expect to increase at coming conferences.
BSH attendees don’t just want innovation for their after school curriculum, they want to innovate program management as well! We surveyed conference attendees and found that a staggering 76% have “adding mobile capabilities” to their registration process on their 2020 to-do lists. Conversations at BSH gave us insights into why going mobile has become such an important part of the 2020 after school landscape:
Still Time to Innovate
With so many programs looking to add mobile accessibility for the first time in 2020, it might seem digital leaders in the field of after school can be beyond the rest. However, a large portion of the industry is in the process of innovating:
We found that of the 8% of programs that do offer mobile accessibility, 50% added this technology within the last year.
While every program has their own goals for the new decade, this data suggests the push for modern technology within after school programs is here to stay for the considerable future.