Papers and Pencils

District leaders must first articulate the problem they hope to solve using edtech.

The more specific this problem is, the easier it is to determine whether a product successfully meets that need.

Find Current Gaps

Tips for Success!

A list of tips
  • Keep student needs at the center when selecting ed-tech
  • Conduct a formal needs assessment
  • Make the need clear to everyone involved

Tools & Resources

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Friday Institute School Technology Needs Assessment From Friday Institute

This 25-minute survey should be completed by teachers to help school- or district-level decision makers better understand needs for technology.


NCES Needs Assessment From NCES

The National Center for Education Statistics Needs Assessment is a step-by-step process to help you identify gaps between your school’s current state and your vision for implementing new technology.


Priority-Vision-Goal Worksheet

This brief worksheet will help you set priorities and goals for your upcoming edtech pilot study.


Better Edtech Infographic

Summary of Digital Promise’s 2015 report on the edtech marketplace.


Examples of Team Goals From LearnLaunch

This document considers examples of team goals as the discussion and identification of the team goal (or problem of practice) will drive the discovery and selection of products.


Improving Edtech Purchasing

This report by Digital Promise contains recommendations for schools to improve their processes to find and purchase edtech products.