Improving Ed-Tech Purchasing Practices: A Market Insights Study – Digital Promise

Improving Ed-Tech Purchasing Practices: A Market Insights Study

April 8, 2014 | By

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.

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.

That’s why, in partnership with the Johns Hopkins University Center for Research and Reform in Education and the Education Industry Association, Digital Promise is conducting a national study involving district leaders, educators, and learning technology developers. The study will help us identify systemic obstacles, common challenges, and best practices for the discovery and acquisition of K-12 learning tools.

Using these findings, Digital Promise will form stakeholder communities to solve identified problems. This study builds off our partnership with IDEO, the internationally-acclaimed design firm, to explore how design thinking can improve learning technology procurement.

If you’d like to talk to us about these efforts, we’d love to hear from you.

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