Frontline educators have a unique and invaluable perspective on adoption of
edtech solutions that no other stakeholders have. They know what learning goals
are difficult to achieve, have “on-the-ground” knowledge of what is age- and
task-appropriate and know what tools students are more or less likely to use.
Educators also have their own requirements for edtech solutions, for example,
ease of use and accessible data to help them make informed decisions.
However, too often, educators are left out of the evaluation and purchasing
process that occurs at the district level. And even when they are involved,
educators might not know what questions to ask or may not feel empowered to
raise issues or point out potential problems.
To take on a greater role in edtech decision-making, educators need to better
understand the process and become more informed about the options available.
Based on interviews from multiple experts in the field, with real-world examples
illustrating each topic, this booklet helps educators become active players in
the procurement decision-making process.
- Supporting educators as critical consumers to help
their school or district make informed decisions.
- Alignment with learning and teaching goals, with
emphasis on solving real problems for students and teachers.
- Implementation and ongoing support to ensure that
edtech solutions work in the classroom and that teachers feel supported in
- Data interoperability and student privacy.
- Research and evidence that demonstrates a product’s potential.
This guide highlights ways educators can contribute to their district’s
purchasing and identifies key areas where educator insight can help others
become more informed, critical consumers of edtech.