When reviewing potential products, districts must consider their IT environment, the scope of the pilot, the users’ level of experience using technology, existing research about the product, privacy features, and the available funding. Additionally, districts that involve educators in product selection see higher levels of educator engagement and technology implementation.
“…[The] earlier the better in involving the teachers in the process. Instead of showing up at [a teacher’s] doorstep with, ‘Hey, here’s a new technology or device you can use in your instruction,’ [it’s instead,] ‘Here’s an invitation to consider how this device can help you serve your needs and the needs of your students.’”— Dave Deramo, South Fayette Middle School Principal
“Start [a pilot] with a class or two and make sure your infrastructure is ready to handle it. You have to make sure the wifi works for 30 [students] before you try it with 600.” —Administrator, Mineola School District
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