The pandemic forced a significant shift from traditional classrooms to virtual and hybrid teaching environments, often before schools and districts were ready. It quickly became apparent that reliable virtual learning tools were a must for teachers to be productive.
However, classroom technology is only valuable if it creates a positive learning environment. Solutions must also be scalable for successful iteration of the technology itself, based on research, data, and analytics. If a school has software that can analyze the effectiveness of academic content based on the average scores of schools that adopt it, for example, statistical data will show the content that schools should use to improve student performance.
With integrated technology and software, schools improve student performance and teacher productivity through more accessible application and learning of educational technology systems.
Implementing new technology in schools can be difficult
Schools generally purchase standalone software that does not integrate with other systems. Edtech has become a niche industry that does not integrate with similar products, making it easier for schools to do replacements for parts of existing systems rather than bulk revisions. Additionally, training staff members on new systems and data migration can present huge obstacles to innovation.
For example, when schools sent students home with individual laptops last year, educators found they lacked the proper software to monitor those computers. Soon, students were distracted and surfing the web, cheating on tests, and playing video games instead of paying attention in class. They had to quickly turn around and add another software system to handle this new problem.