New global study launches at ISTE 2018 revealing the top edTech capabilities schools need to improve learning outcomes like test scores and career readiness

SMART Technologies launches configurator for schools to assess individual EdTech capabilities with recommendations for improvement

CALGARY, Alberta and CHICAGO, – June 24, 2018 – A new global study from SMART Technologies , the world leader in classroom technology, gives insight into how schools’ approach to planning, implementing and using technology can impact teaching and learning outcomes. The study, released today, identifies 22 EdTech capabilities that, when well-developed, correlate to higher reported learning outcomes. In addition to the research, SMART is providing a configurator for schools to assess individual EdTech capabilities providing a personalized profile and recommendations for improvement.

SMART surveyed 481 education leaders within 10 countries, including the United States, China, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, the Netherlands and Spain. The survey found that schools that reported higher development in 22 capabilities also observed more favorable learning outcomes. The 22 evidence-based capabilities were identified through an extensive literature review of EdTech best practices from around the world. They relate to schools’ capacity for strategic technology planning, integration of technology in teaching and learning, professional development, and technology infrastructure management.

The survey also showed that some capabilities are more highly correlated to learning outcomes, and that on average, schools are not as developed in many of these high-impact areas. Respondents reported especially low development in capabilities related to strategic and collaborative technology planning, despite these capabilities having the strongest correlation to favorable learning outcomes.

The 19% of respondents who reported high learning outcomes were more likely to:

  • Have detailed technology visions and plans
  • Involve teachers and students in technology planning
  • Formally and regularly evaluate the effectiveness of their technology

The survey also found a relationship between respondents’ reported learning outcomes and the type of technology they use. High-outcomes respondents were more likely to use software relating to assessment, game-based learning and student collaboration than participants who reported lower achievement.

“We’re committed to helping schools achieve better outcomes and we’ve seen the power of technology to transform learning,” said Greg Estell, SMART Technologies Chief Executive Officer and President. “We embarked on this global study to help provide a roadmap for schools to understand and implement the right capabilities to inspire greatness for each student and better achievement overall.”

SMART is providing a configurator for schools to assess their individual EdTech capabilities and identify possible areas of improvement. By visiting, schools can receive a personalized profile and suggestions for improvement.

SMART will present this new research at ISTE 2018 in Chicago, June 24-27. Please contact Shannon Baker at to coordinate a briefing at ISTE.

A short video summarizing the research is available at

About SMART Technologies

SMART is a world leader in classroom technology, providing interactive solutions to help every student and teacher discover and develop the greatness within them. A consistent innovator for more than 25 years, SMART is the inventor of the SMART Board® and the developer of SMART Notebook® , the world’s most popular collaborative learning software, and part of the SMART Learning Suite. With their full range of interconnected displays, software, and accessories, used in more than 3 million classrooms, SMART helps students and teachers around the world achieve better learning outcomes. To learn more, visit

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Posted: June 25, 2018
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