Teachers and school administrators nationwide believe that bringing technology into classrooms boosts educational outcomes for students. Districts often purchase the next big device to “revolutionize” learning. In fact, overall education/classroom technology spending will reach $19 billion worldwide by 2019, according to market research firm Futuresource Consulting. But if schools do not put the right processes in place, technology can be a wasted investment.
Technology can have a powerful impact on our schools, teachers, and most importantly, students. Schools must decide both what that technology looks like and how it plays a role in the classroom. By establishing educational goals, embracing quality products, enabling professional development and determining new ways to fund technology, schools will make smarter IT decisions while enhancing educational outcomes.