Discover & Select - Edtech Pilot Framework

Discover & Select


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.

Tips for Success!

A list of tips
  • Establish and use selection criteria to compare products
  • Include educators in product discovery and selection

Tools & Resources

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DCPS Sample Product Evaluation Rubric 

This rubric helps you compare different technology products to make the best decision for your school.

Evaluating Studies of Edtech Products

This tool will help district leaders evaluate studies on edtech product effectiveness in order to decide whether it is necessary to run a pilot.

Lea(R)n Research-based Rubric for Grading Ed Tech 
From Lea(R)n

LearnPlatform’s peer-reviewed edtech grading rubric provides a research-backed structure for educator feedback and insights on instructional technologies with context.

Pilot Expectations Chart 
From South Fayette

South Fayette School District created this Expectations Chart to ensure their pilot of STEM Robotics was executed successfully.

Priority-Vision-Goal Tool

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

Product Dossier Template 
From iZone NYC

Pilot organizations or districts can use this template to create a one pager with the most important information about products being considered for a pilot.

School Procurement Guide: Buying Edtech Products with Racial Equity in Mind 
From Edtech Equity Project

The following ‘School Procurement Guidelines for Racial Equity in edtech’ consists of an Audit Questionnaire and Rubric to help you understand the types of questions you should ask of vendors you use at your school.

Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) 
From Florida Center for Instructional Technology

The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) provides a framework for describing and targeting the use of technology to enhance learning.

Vancouver Public Schools’ Interoperability Vendor Survey 
From Vancouver Public Schools

Vancouver Public Schools has developed this survey for vendors in order to understand that data interoperability capacity of potential digital tools.

A Guide: Work with your Ed Tech Provider 
From Ed Tech RCE Coach

Working with your educational technology provider can be crucial for getting the information you need for a successful evaluation.

Common Sense Education 
From Common Sense

Sort through edtech products on various criteria such as subject, grade, price, and purpose.

DAT, DIT, DET Resources 
From Vancouver Public Schools

As part of the district Design II Chapter 2 strategic plan, multiple district teams have worked together to develop new processes for evaluating and integrating digital content and services. This memo seeks to explain these new structures and processes and what you need to do if you are considering the purchase of most types of digital content and services. The goal of these new systems is to ensure that new digital content and services will work as intended for users.

Ed Tech RCE Coach: Choose a Technology 
From Mathematica Policy Research, Inc

A guide to help you select the right technology for your school or district.

EdSurge Concierge 
From EdSurge

For a two-hour commitment at no cost, EdSurge Concierge will work with you to select the right technology for your school and connect you with technology companies.

EdSurge Product Index 
From EdSurge

A community-driven database of over 2,000 edtech products.

LearnCommunity Product Library 
From Lea(R)n

Always free, LearrnPlatform’s database of edtech products, including teacher grades, is the largest in the country. It is broken down by categories including feedback, usage, impact, and price to help teachers select the best tool for their classrooms and share with peers.

LearnCommunity Product Library 
From Lea(R)n

LearrnPlatform’s database edtech products, including teacher grades, is the largest in the country. It is broken down by categories including feedback, usage, impact, and price to help teachers select the best tool for their classrooms.

LinkedIn Learning: Betsy Corcoran on Choosing the Right Technology for Your School 
From EdSurge

This series of short videos will help you think about how to choose the right technology for your school or class.

Privacy Evaluations of EdTech Products 
From Common Sense Education

The Common Sense Privacy Evaluation Initiative, with the involvement of over 100 schools and districts, has resulted in a platform that supports districts, schools, and teachers in making informed decisions about the safety and security of apps they use with students.

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