6 Reasons Why District-Wide Tech Implementations Are the Right Choice

From our company’s own experience implementing technology at the district level, here are six reasons districts should move towards district-wide technology initiatives.

1. District-wide implementations let teachers focus on teaching
When teachers choose their own solutions, they often face the headache of entering student and parent data, keeping it up to date, and answering student and parent questions about technology.  When districts deploy new software to all teachers, a leadership team and training is put in place to ensure the technology works as it should.

2. Every student gets the same resources
Educators opting in to pockets of tech solutions that aren’t being used elsewhere in the district can lead to inequity issues. While some students might benefit from whiz-bang software their teacher has found, others could miss out.  District-wide roll-outs ensure all students have a consistent experience and the same opportunities.

3. District-wide software is more robust
“You get what you pay for” applies to edtech. While free solutions do exist, many free and low-cost options provide only simple or basic features. And, as educators and entrepreneurs are learning, freemium business models don’t seem sustainable in edtech.  In district-wide roll-outs of commercial systems, teachers and administrators get more features than they do in lower-tier versions.

4. It works with technology that’s already in place
When software is administered at the district level, tech staff ensure the platform connects to existing databases and systems of record. For example, IT leaders are responsible for integrating official systems with the district’s student information system.

5. District-wide implementations promise longevity
There’s no promise free solutions will be free forever, or even exist in the future. When a company rethinks its pricing model to reach profitability, educators stand the risk of losing all of the work they’ve amassed. And when a vendor fails to achieve profitability, it’s just a matter of time before the product goes away.

6. District-wide implementations minimize legal exposure
Finally, when a district doesn’t have complete control over the technology teachers are using, concerns over data privacy and security come up. Without approval of software being used in the classroom, districts can’t be sure that teachers are adhering to policies regarding confidentiality of student information. Not every vendor manages student data responsibility, let alone in strict compliance with regulations like CIPPA, COPPA, FERPA, and others.

The information for this post was taken from an article by Scott Welch in eSchool News, follow this link for more details and the complete article.