“Relevance is what keeps kids in school. … If a child sees that his or her time is worth [spending in school],” that child will become more engaged in education, he said.

Eissler acknowledged educators’ funding fears, but he predicted that more money will be funneled to content delivery solutions designed to reach all children.

“Kids will pick Google or Bing over the World Book,” he said. Educators must adapt their teaching techniques and their expectations of students based on how students want and need to learn: with technology.

“We need economical solutions to reach more kids effectively. … The use of technology is most economical, because it reaches more kids, [and] faster,” he said.

Keynote speaker Leigh Anne Tuohy, who was portrayed by Sandra Bullock in the film The Blind Side, encouraged the audience to step out of its comfort zone.

Teachers, in particular, are poised to help all children succeed in school and in life, she said.

“You truly are the people who can make a difference,” she said.