5 Considerations for Buying Classroom Technology

Schools purchasing new solutions need to set goals and establish support systems to guarantee the best return on their investments.  The International Society for Technology in Education partnered with nonprofit organization Project Unicorn to create a report outlining five key recommendations schools should consider in technology investment decisions.

1. Alignment with Student Learning Goals and Standards

When comparing technologies, it’s not about what is the newest and most modern. Technology should be used to support learning in the classroom, enhance instructional methods and positively impact student achievement.  Therefore, it is essential to consider what products will serve as tools that align with student learning goals and standards.

2. Importance of Research and Evidence to Find the Best Fit

The best way to ensure the product’s reliability and effectiveness is through research. Consider your high-needs areas and look for technology that has a successful track record of addressing those needs. Looking for technology that will bridge learning beyond the classroom in a secure system.

3. Interoperability and Student Data Privacy and Protection

With the ever-expanding role of technology in classrooms, schools must ensure the security and efficacy of data through enhanced interoperability. The infrastructure needs to handle massive amounts of information, run efficiently and protect student privacy.   When it comes to student protection, G Suite assures full data security and provides clear information on its privacy policies, highlighting its compliance with rigorous standards from organizations such as the Software and Information Industry Association.

4. Challenges of Implementation, Use and Ongoing Support

As with all new initiatives, the implementation of new technology needs a clear mission and ongoing support. Educators should not only receive continuous training but also have a strong understanding of the purpose behind the technology.  Schools should be able to identify in what ways the product will benefit the classroom and convey their expected outcomes. Goals for the use of technology should start small and gradually become a more significant part of the learning.

5. Communication with Educators as Purchasing Partners

If the consideration of technology is dependent on what will be most beneficial for the success of the school, then teachers should be involved. Educators have insightful knowledge about their students’ needs and can be valuable assets in informing purchasing decisions.

The information for this post was taken from an article by Katelyn Sweeney in EdTech magazine, follow this link for the complete article and more details.