School is back in session with the second busiest retail season of the year, and technology sales—along with digital subscriptions to applications and services—are predicted to show double-digit growth this fall. Students of all ages, from kindergarten to college, are buying iPads and laptops and subscribing to SaaS applications to better access digital curricula and complete online coursework.
However, Back-to-School falls on the heels of an even more extensive summer of preparations by school teachers, administrators, and IT staff. School districts have spent the spring and summer investing in and deploying interactive whiteboards, instructional software, and other in-classroom technologies. Likewise, many teachers have spent the summer training to launch new digital learning initiatives—allowing them to individualize instruction, expand learning beyond the confines of the traditional classroom, and maximize student engagement using such things as digital classrooms and resources, online testing and assessments, and student collaboration tools.