How Teachers and Tech Vendors Work to Build a Better Classroom
Learning Tools It used to be that students weren’t allowed to have tech devices visible in the classroom. Today, teachers are working to ensure that same tech stays educational in the classroom.
“Technology has become as ubiquitous as the air we breathe,” filmmaker Godfrey Reggio once said, “So we are no longer conscious of its presence.” Technology in education is no exception. Education leaders work tirelessly to make technology unobtrusive and conducive to student success. In the ed-tech industry, we work to help teachers integrate new initiatives as seamlessly as possible. Product developers are listening, and we understand—t’s no longer a one-size-fits-all world. Here’s how industry leaders are teaming up with educators to propel today’s top technology needs forward:
When a district purchases digital learning tools, school leaders can now negotiate their contracts with tech companies to include a short or long-term consultant so that professional development resources are available to educators as needed.
“Technology is allowing teachers to customize and innovate the methods like never before.”
As schools have layered more devices and content services into their technology systems, educators have been frustrated by many different sign-on credentials and entering separate class rosters for every app. The ed-tech industry has listened to these concerns and created single-sign-on solutions for teachers and students.
When content from multiple vendors isn’t compatible, it distracts students from learning. That’s why ed-tech engineers prioritize interoperability. Lack of interoperability is an issue that’s arisen as technology has become ubiquitous and ed-tech providers are constantly striving to make their platforms work better together.
Looking to the future
Teachers know that one-size-fits-all has never fit every student. Today, adaptive technology is one of the ed-tech industry’s most exciting trends. For example, reading comprehension tools are helping students handle difficult texts by adapting content for learners, rather than forcing students to adapt their learning styles to content. Technology is allowing teachers to customize and innovate the methods like never before.
In the coming years, educators and students will continue to develop new ways that cutting-edge technologies can be used as learning tools. Robots, and even drones, may become as common in classrooms as laptops. We’re just beginning to see educators and students test out virtual and augmented reality in the classroom. We’ll continue to adapt these technologies to support the needs of all students – by listening to educators and innovating together.