https://the3rdquote.com ■ Retail Price: Free to schools. Free (while building the community) for providers.
3rd Quote aims to be a matchmaker for schools looking to
purchase edtech. On 3rd Quote, schools can research and get
price quotes for edtech, read and leave reviews of products
and providers using the report card feature, and, once they’ve
found the tech they want, schools can use 3rd Quote to find the
provider that best fits their needs. Every step of the process,
from brainstorming to ordering, can be done using 3rd Quote’s powerful
Quality and Effectiveness: 3rd Quote has thought of everything a
school might need to do when thinking about purchasing edtech. I was
most impressed with the “Budget” section of the site. In the budget area,
stakeholders can collaborate and create an actionable list of steps to turn
their edtech wish list into reality. Schools can compare providers
and pricing, create budget proposals, and issue requests
to providers—all while tracking the steps in the
budget section’s checklist feature.
Ease of Use: 3rd Quote really shines when
it comes to ease of use. The site is well made
and responsive. It is clear that a lot of time
went into making the site easy to navigate and
a lot of thought was put into considering what
schools would need to improve their purchasing
Creative Use of Technology: In addition to looking great, 3rd
Quote has come up with a clever way to protect schools from overzealous
providers. 3rd Quote has a built-in messaging system, similar to that of
Facebook, which protects a school’s privacy from providers. Schools can
contact providers with questions while keeping their contact information
private. All school-vendor interaction happens through this system, which
makes it much more pleasant than the heavy-handed sales emails I often
Suitability for Use in a School Environment: I can see a school
transition smoothly from the usual fractured process of purchasing edtech
to the one-stop shop of 3rd Quote. I especially enjoyed the site’s features
that allowed me to easily share information with my team members.
3rd Quote user base
continues to grow, it
will get better and better.
The site is well made, and
3rd Quote’s vision for
improving the school
• 3rd Quote has a 21st-century vision for making the edtech buying
experience efficient, informed, and effective.
• The curation of product and provider reviews in one area is easy to use and
• 3rd Quote streamlines communication between schools and providers
while protecting the privacy of schools.