A collection of tools and resources to design and conduct pilots, analyze their collected data, and potentially negotiate and purchase edtech tools. Tools are actionable (templates, surveys, etc.) while Resources are references (publications, websites, etc.).

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Classroom Implementation Guidance From Highline Public Schools

This resource, developed in partnership with Highline Public Schools, provides a thoughtful implementation discussion framework to support your team when implementing a new edtech in a classroom, school, or district.

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MassNET Pilot Cycle From LearnLaunch

A brief infographic explaining the LearnLaunch MassNET piloting process.

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School Pilot Prep Checklist From LearnLaunch

This checklist for schools covers all the “to-do’s” before piloting, from IT resources, training, communication, and scheduling.

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Goal Setting From LEAP Innovations

This resource is an example of defining goals and guiding implementation.

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Planning Your Implementation Guide From iZone NYC

This guide will help educators plan their pilot implementation through discussion questions and an organizer to keep everyone on track.

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Our Process From Highlander Institute

This document provides a brief overview of Highlander Institutes’ process for facilitating edtech pilots and supporting educators to adopt the best practices of personalized learning.

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Cohort Support Discussion Focus Areas From Citizen Schools

An overview of key discussion topics for pilot leaders meeting across school contexts to share practices and provide feedback to each other.

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Merit or Marketing? Evidence and Quality of Efficacy Research in Educational Technology Companies From Edtech Academic Efficacy Symposium: Working Group D

By understanding the extent and quality of research conducted by edtech companies, this report intends to identify strategies to improve the support and accountability for reliable, research-based development of education technology tools by developers.

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Evaluation Taxonomy From Learning Assembly

The Learning Assembly Evaluation Taxonomy describes various types of evaluations as well as examples of engaging with educators and learnings, in real life education environments, with products and practices designed to demonstrate a positive effect on student learning, teacher practice, and/or learning environment.

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Cycle-based Budgeting Toolkit From Cycle-based Budgeting

The Cycle-based Budgeting (CBB) calls for a new approach to funding new initiatives or programs as well as tackling ineffective existing programs. Specifically, it provides a solution that allows districts to: 1) demonstrate alignment with districts priorities, 2) describe budget needs and intended use, 3) identify target measurable outcomes (either academic or non-academic), and 4) articulate time needed to achieve the target outcomes, which becomes the cycle for the program to be implemented and reviewed. By addressing the challenges districts face for budgetary decisions through Cycle-based Budgeting, the tool empowers educations leaders to make informed and tough decisions, with a goal of more optimal use of taxpayer money to improve student learning.