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AT&T Creates Aspire Program to Promote EdTech Benefits

by Jackie Davis

Education technology is a growing industry that provides educators and students with new, innovative ways to learn and teach. In today’s world, it’s important for students to become accustomed to digital tools, but is EdTech overwhelming the classroom? Finding the right balance between digital technology and traditional teaching methods is key to prepare students for the workforce. Read on to learn more.

EdTech Accelerator Program

Over 40 percent of American employers say they can’t find employees with the skills they need. Could technology help bridge this gap? AT&T created Aspire, an initiative that prepares people for careers in technology and telecommunications, based on integrating EdTech into the classroom.

“Technology is making it easier for everybody — regardless of age, gender, geography or income — to learn anytime, anywhere,” says Charlene Lake, senior vice president for Corporate Social Responsibility, AT&T. “Innovations in technology remove physical barriers associated with learning. That’s extraordinarily important to the future success of students and the workforce.”

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Teachers and EdTech Tools

Naimish Gohil, CEO and founder of  Satchel, a company that produces software for schools, weighed in on the abundance of technology available to teachers today. “From interactive whiteboards to tablet computers, creative software to classroom and behavior management apps to computer-configured seating plans, there’s a bewildering array of tech available to teachers today,” he said. “That’s not to say that these are unwelcome – far from it. Any and all of these tools can have a real impact on teachers’ ability to bring a subject to life, to engage pupils, and improve learning outcomes.”

For teachers to foster a successful EdTech environment, they must choose the technology they use wisely. “The sheer variety of technological tools is having the opposite effect from that intended, which is to make learning and classroom management better and more intuitive,” said Gohil.

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U.S. Falls Behind in EdTech

For EdTech to have a positive impact on educators and students, governments, teachers, and companies must work together to bring it into the classroom. The U.S. can follow the lead of countries like Chile that have fully integrated EdTech into daily learning, according to a recent Omidyar Network’s report.

While the Chilean market is small, they’ve managed to make education technology a priority for budget allocation. Chile spends 5.35 percent of its GDP on education while the U.S. spends around 4.9. “In the USA, EdTech product catalogues are either too complex for many teachers to use, not objective or comprehensive enough, or not based on credible user reviews (which often have more weight than experimental evidence or product marketing),” states the report.

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