Schools and districts spend billions on edtech, even while questions continue to swirl around whether such investments yield solid returns. Few companies can reliably ensure the educational outcomes that teachers and administrators expect, and according to one estimate, only 35 percent of edtech tools purchased are actually being implemented.

Barriers to successful implementation often have little to do with the technology itself or teachers’ comfort with technology overall. Instead, success is impeded by a lack of strategy on how to integrate the technology into the classroom. Even as they spend up to...

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  • About the Author:

    Thuan Nguyen, a former school district assistant superintendent and chief information officer, is executive vice president for AVID, where he oversees technical operations, products, and services and is responsible for AVID’s digital strategy.