Choosing education technology in the digital age

  • New technology in classrooms can leverage devices that students already have and use.

  • The report card has gone digital, and it has improved by including interactive elements and providing ongoing updates.

  • Technology gives educators the opportunity to leverage existing infrastructures to enhance learning environments and to get more accomplished.

When discussing technology in schools, we usually focus on student benefits. Those are unquestionably important, but teachers and administrators also can benefit from using technology to complete their daily tasks.

Here are three categories of products that are worth considering for this year’s classrooms:

Teaching aids

This is probably the oldest category in all of the education process, because it includes low-tech items such as chalk boards and books. But new technology has placed a lot of useful advanced tools in the classroom, in many cases taking advantage of devices students already use. These tools can be integrated into the classroom and leveraged to help parents become more involved in education.

Reading is a top priority for students, and there are several digital reading platforms that help them by matching reading materials to individual skills. Books That Grow offers a free platform that creates custom reading materials that match the student’s reading level.

Games are making their way into schools in the form of teaching aids. Motion Math is one such application that offers conceptual learning games with an instructor’s dashboard.

Curriculum tools

Planning the classroom curriculum can be a challenge, but teachers can benefit from digital systems to assemble materials, schedule lessons, and conduct testing. The tools make these processes easier and can track student results accurately.

Common Curriculum helps teachers plan and organize their work. It includes a file system that allows collaboration in real time on projects and templates to get projects started quickly. It also helps teachers to align to Common Core standards in all 50 states.

Redbird Advanced Learning is an adaptive learning and blended learning environment that also offers professional development modules for educators.

Grading and tracking

The report card has gone digital, and it has improved as a result by including interactive elements and providing ongoing updates.

Kaymbu is a modern form of the report card. It’s designed to include parents in the progress monitoring loop and enhance the connection between parent, educator, and student.

Edulastic offers assessment tools that let teachers create common core homework and monitor student progress.

The market for educational technology is large and growing. Systems rely on classroom-based computing systems that connect with devices used by students and their families. This gives educators a great opportunity to leverage existing infrastructures to lighten their loads and enhance learning environments for their students.

Read more about supporting education technology during high-use and low-use periods with AT&T’s Network on Demand and AT&T Aspire, our initiative that creates connections to drive innovation in education.


Scott Koegler is an independent business writer and the author of this blog. All opinions are his own. AT&T has sponsored this blog post; however, references in this blog post to services, resources, or information provided third parties not affiliated with AT&T are not endorsements or reviews by AT&T and AT&T disclaims any intention to warrant the information or services referenced.

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