Giving Compass' Take:

• SMART Technologies commissioned a global survey this year to more than 400 schools that employ edtech technology in the classrooms to measure the impact on learning outcomes. 

• The schools that reported high learning outcomes also cited that collaborative teaching was an important factor in student success with edtech. What do these results mean for teachers? 

• Read about where education technology is going in 2018. 

Technology can help transform learning. But as numerous studies have shown, more tech in the classroom doesn’t automatically equal better results.

Earlier this year, SMART Technologies commissioned a global survey of 481 education leaders to investigate the link between their reported EdTech capabilities and learning outcomes. Education leaders from 10 countries participated, including the United States, China, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, the Netherlands, and Spain. The survey asked participants to rate themselves in 22 evidence-based capabilities identified through an extensive literature review of EdTech best practices from around the world. It also asked them to rate their success in achieving and advancing learning outcomes like better test scores, greater career readiness, and higher teacher satisfaction.

Our survey found that schools who reported higher development in the 22 capabilities also reported better learning outcomes. While the average stage of development worldwide was at 62 on a scale of 100, 16% of respondents reported significantly higher learning outcomes.

Interestingly, schools with high and low outcomes also said they prioritized EdTech capabilities differently. High-outcomes respondents placed a much higher priority on having a strong leadership vision and aligning stakeholders to it. They also prioritized the planning of professional development much more highly than low-outcomes respondents did.

High-outcomes schools also indicated they used more software relating to assessment, game-based learning and student collaboration than their lower outcome achieving peers.

SMART’s global study discovers how technology and collaborative teaching are best used together; the results highlight great teachers as the unsung heroes behind improved student success and high outcomes; while, demonstrating the role school business managers can play bringing, the benefits of using technology in collaborative learning environments.

Read the full article about technology can transform schools by Giancarlo Brotto at Getting Smart