The use of technology in schools has increased so rapidly that many education leaders today do not have first-hand experiences to draw from as they work with their teachers to integrate the latest technology into the classroom. This makes it harder for them to figure out the best tools, systems, and programs to buy, and more difficult for them to support teachers in the implementation process.
Many of the changes to education policy and practice that have taken place in the last several years have shifted the focus to helping individual students succeed based on their needs and strengths: from Response to Intervention (RTI) and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), to new school models that incorporate blended learning and flipped classrooms. Technology has played an instrumental role in making this new focus possible and has become commonplace throughout the country—allowing schools to move toward more effective student-centered learning on a much greater scale.
In addition, the new College and Career Readiness Standards have increased the importance of finding products that are tailored to the specific needs of specific districts, schools, teachers, and students while answering the demands of more rigorous standards. In most cases, using old materials and methods will not be enough to prepare students. Schools have realized that they need products and services that were built for the new standards—not retrofitted or worse, just relabeled.
In our work with hundreds of school districts over the past few years, we have learned a lot about the challenges that districts face when trying to figure out what technology to choose and how to integrate it into their schools in order to help make classrooms better places for teachers to teach and students to learn.
The “Guide to Purchasing EdTech the Right Way” offers guidance that will help simplify the process for you and your staff and help you avoid many of the pitfalls of those who have come before you when you’re in a position to select new products and services.
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