Two organizations, in a new report, are urging districts and private-sector entrepreneurs to work more closely together to streamline and improve the process through which school systems choose and buy educational technology.
In their report, Digital Promise, a nonprofit authorized by Congress to support education innovation, and IDEO, a design firm, offer suggestions on how districts canto bring more innovative and more useful technology products to schools.
One recommendation is to make the process more transparent, and simplify it: Explaining the process to school officials, vendors, and the public through maps, case studies, and other means would increase their understanding of how products enter K-12 systems. The authors also suggest that schools become more involved in working with education-technology entrepreneurs.
A version of this article appeared in the June 12, 2013 edition of Education Week as Buying Technology