The ongoing pandemic has forced a reckoning in education on three fronts: equity, teacher retention, and technology. We must address all three of these areas as we redefine education – and we must redefine education if we want to continue meeting student, teacher, and community needs. We’ve discussed equity and retention in previous blogs, so we’ll focus mostly on using technology to redefine K-12 education here.
Why Equity Is Necessary for Redefining Education
In order for education to serve our communities, the issue of equity must be addressed. Not only should broadband be accessible to every home, and devices be made available to every student, but we must also address digital competency. Improving digital competency may seem like an odd thing to worry about within this digital native generation, but when more than 10 million US students are still without adequate internet at home, their ability to achieve digitally competency is compromised. This often extends to their parents as well, which gives local schools a perfect opportunity to provide adult education programs.
Teacher Retention Is Crucial to Student Academic Success
Teachers are more stressed than ever. But they’re not quitting in droves – yet. The Great Resignation that has impacted most other industries has yet to materialize in education, likely because the very people who choose to become educators tend to lean in and try to do more, until they burn out completely. But you can still retain top educators and prevent them from not just leaving your school, but from leaving the profession as well.
To prevent the Great Resignation from affecting schools, districts need to recognize that teachers want what everyone else is looking for: professional support and development, a voice in the direction of their careers, and flexibility. These expectations will likely vary from one school district to another, but things like job sharing and matching the right teachers to in-class and online teaching opportunities will be critical. And using technology to empower teachers will be essential.
Technology Is the Future of Education
Technology will be a part of the future of education in ways we can’t even predict yet. While edtech and other technologies might have been temporary stopgap measures in the beginning of the pandemic, they are now the new norm for many schools, whether education is being delivered in-person, online, or in hybrid environments.
Lumen Touch All-in-One Management Solution
Our approach moves away from legacy systems such as SISs and towards the new world of student and enterprise management, with a strong focus on individual plans of study, project-based learning, and predictive analytics on a single secure platform.
We are one of the few companies that offer an all-in-one solution, which includes:
- a comprehensive SIS (Bright STUDENT)
- a special education product (Bright SPED)
- full library and inventory management (Bright RESOURCE)
- a student college and career management system (Bright SUCCESS)
- an early education system (Bright STEPS)
- a full health management system (Bright CARE)
- a professional development management system (Bright PATH)
- a full data management and dashboarding product (Bright INSIGHT)
- Medicaid billing (Bright MEDICAID)
- a full communication and learning system that incorporates social media and the ability to translate dialogue in over 70 languages (Bright SPACE)
More recently, we added a cybersecurity and auditing service module, and COVID-19 tracking and contact tracing modules.
Infrastructure Is Part of the Tech Solution
From cloud hosting to comprehensive learning management systems, the IT infrastructure of every school needs to be modernized. Infrastructure in K-12 schools should support learning, professional development, classroom management, health and safety, SEL and SPED, and communication and engagement. It should be developed to accommodate a wide variety of learning modes – online, in person, and hybrid. Robust and comprehensive cloud-based infrastructure in the K-12 education environment ensures that students, teachers, parents, and administrators have the ability to improve engagement, enhance communication, foster collaboration, and open worlds of opportunity in learning.
Lumen Touch is at the innovative forefront of developing the kind of technology that truly benefits teachers, students, and school districts. We have been providing our integrated all-in-one management technology to school districts for 18 years. To learn more about our solution, get in touch.