With the rapid expansion of technology in recent years, many classrooms across America have adopted digital learning tools to help students achieve their academic goals. These digital tools range from classroom aids to learning technology that helps students understand hard-to-grasp concepts. There are many reasons teachers choose to use these aids in the classroom. Here are four reasons digital tools are useful to classrooms of all grade levels.

To Keep Students From Being Left Behind Academically

No teacher wants students to fall behind because they don’t understand the material. Because teachers are responsible for dozens of students each year, it can be a challenge to identify which kids are thriving and which ones are struggling with the course material. Digital learning tools such as i-Ready monitor each individual student’s work to identify areas of struggle. This helps teachers determine how to better prepare students to tackle assigned coursework and ensure they understand the material correctly. IReady math and reading tools are especially useful for identifying which concepts students are struggling with and helping them stay on track so they can reach their full potential.

This opportunity for individualized monitoring also allows teachers to develop customized coursework. If the teacher knows that one student is struggling with math while another has trouble with vocabulary, adjustments can be made to accommodate each student rather than leaving them both behind while you focus on a scientific concept with the rest of the class.

To Teach Students Collaboration

Learning to collaborate effectively is a critical life skill for students to master. They will often be exposed to team-building and collaborative exercises in grade school with the help of digital tools. Whether they are working on independent portions of a digital project or collaborating in the classroom, students must learn a sense of personal responsibility as well as mastering the coursework. Working digitally gives students more creative freedom and allows them to master technological concepts that will prepare them for a future job in the digital age.

To Keep Students Engaged

Kids today have a hard time focusing on coursework because there are so many distractions readily available. Students are exposed to screens before they can even talk and so it is no surprise that they learn best when a screen is involved. They grow up invested in video games and TV shows so they learn best when teachers cater to their interests.

In the past, students learned primarily from textbooks with a few real-world examples. Now, teachers usually find that students are much more engaged when they learn from interactive digital learning tools. By using tools that capture a student’s attention, teachers can help their students understand the material so they are better prepared for testing.

To Prepare Students for the Digital World

Technology has evolved drastically, so today’s students must be prepared for a future that relies heavily on digital technology. Every industry uses technology in some way and using digital tools in school prepare students for the real world. By developing a solid foundation for digital learning, students have a better chance of succeeding in their chosen careers in the future.

Many people feel like the world is too reliant on technology, but the truth is that the future is digital. Students must be able to embrace technology to have a successful future. Using digital learning tools not only provides students with vital technological skills, but it also offers more opportunities for engagement and helps teachers keep up with an individual student’s progress in any area of school. The opportunity to develop collaborative skills sets students up for future success, and because of this, digital tools are invaluable for preparing students for the future.

Sylvie Urijah