Are your edtech tools really working?

A district administrator shares how to get a handle on edtech management

We also need to be sure the products we support are being used with fidelity. That doesn’t just mean sign-in logs or a timesheet either. We need to have visibility into the number of edtech products being used across our schools, who among our students and teaching staff are accessing and using these products, and how often they’re being used.

The more information we have, the better we can support budgetary decisions. At one time, that didn’t seem possible. But again, we’ve been able to generate all of this information through LearnPlatform. It’s also had an incredible impact on our teacher request workflows. Today, anyone who wants to pilot a new program or try a great new edtech tool they’ve heard about can easily submit a request through the platform for review and approval. It’s made things simpler and more efficient for everyone.

At the end of the day, we want to allow our staff to get the most out of their edtech and ensure that tools are relevant to content standards. We want to help them make informed decisions when they try, buy, and measure classroom technology. And most importantly, we want to be able to verify, with concrete data, that the products we’re using are working for our students.

Bottom line, if we’re not getting student learning out of a product, we’re not going to purchase it or continue paying for it. That’s what matters most and that’s the benefit of having a district-wide edtech management system. Today, we have the ability to show data that supports our decisions with evidence, and that’s truly invaluable. It’s helped the administration, our teaching staff, and our students tremendously.

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