Join Us In Improving EdTech Purchasing Practices first ran on Digital Promise on February 13, 2014.

It may seem like a bureaucratic, back-office business practice, but education technology procurement matters.

In an environment of higher standards, stronger bandwidth, and more affordable devices, there is an opportunity for technological innovations to improve learning opportunities and outcomes for all students.

More states, districts, and schools are adopting ed-tech products to address their instructional needs. More investors, startups, and established vendors are creating new, innovative solutions aimed at providing results for students. And there are more open educational resources made available to educators to discover and share.

But today, educators and entrepreneurs alike agree that the purchasing of ed-tech solutions is slow and difficult. Information about how to find and evaluate available products is scarce. Through our past work with IDEO and the League of Innovative Schools, we’ve come to believe that more efficient, inclusive purchasing processes can benefit all stakeholders, especially teachers and students who stand to gain from access to effective learning tools.

That’s why, along with the Education Industry Association and the Johns Hopkins University Center for Research and Reform in Education, we are welcoming a small group of ed-tech providers and public school district leaders in the U.S. to participate in a national study to learn more about the discovery and acquisition of K-12 ed-tech tools that facilitate personalized learning.

By participating, you will:

  • Receive early access to reports, guidebooks, and case studies produced by this project.
  • Be asked to complete a 25-minute survey and be available for potential follow-up interviews.

If you’d like to join these efforts and contribute to the improved discovery, acquisition, and implementation of learning technology, sign up to participate in our surveys and interviews,  by Friday, March 14.

Public school district leaders and ed-tech providers in the United States, please click here to participate in a national education technology procurement study. 

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