The 12 Rules of Smart Edtech Procurement

Implementing technology in schools can yield great results. Often times, teachers have technology wish lists that include laptops, tablets, software, and apps. Many schools are trying to figure out what the best technology options are for their classrooms, but that isn’t always an easy decision. In a rush to implement, schools and districts can often make under-informed purchasing decisions. They pay too much, get too little, and discover that their purchases don’t work well together?

How can schools avoid wasting money and ensure that all of their technology works well together? The handy infographic below takes a look at “smart buying” for classroom technology. Keep reading to learn more.

The 12 Rules of Smart Edtech Procurement

  1. Take inventory
  2. Determine your educational priorities
  3. Exercise caution on customization
  4. Pursue collaborative and investigation purchases
  5. Demand guarantees and assurances
  6. Make real comparisons
  7. Conduct a pilot
  8. Prioritize data sharing and interoperability
  9. Remember service matters
  10. Consider the total cost of ownership
  11. Close the deal
  12. Implement, implement, implement

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1 Comment

  1. Dr. Chester Goad

    January 1, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Hi Ms. Lepi, I love your site and plan to direct those interested in EdTech to it. I did want to mention however that in your latest article “12 rules for EdTech Procurement”, I saw one glaring ommission that has been getting a lot of attention for the past several years and has been emphasized greatly in major civil rights lawsuits throughout our country that also resulted in two Dear Colleague letters from the Department of Education and the Justice Department. Technology procured with taxpayer funds, needs to be accessible to all students including those with disabilities. All students need to be able to enjoy whatever the technology is that is implemented in the classroom from E-Readers to other emerging technologies including software, clickers, and on and on. Some school systems are getting unwarranted scrutiny for not checking on accessibility for students with disabilities, and especially blind students. My apologies if you indirectly include accessibility in one of the steps (maybe 3,4 or 5), but in light of the importance, I would still suggest accessibility be a rule unto itself! GREAT list and infographic!