Knowledge Sharing and Dissemination
The market for EdTech devices is different from most other school tools. Often the process for choosing a device is long and complicated, and is repeated multiple times by districts across the country. TLA has created multiple resources dedicated to helping districts make more informed and efficient purchasing decisions, including a Guide to EdTech Procurement (in conjunction with Digital Learning Now!), and a Snapshot of EdTech Purchasing in Houston.
Price Transparency and Group Buying
EdTech device prices are remarkably inconsistent. One district may pay 25% more for the exact same device as another district. Current methods of price checking, such as researching retail prices or contacting districts as references, are insufficient. The Technology for Education Consortium (TEC), a non-profit incubated by The Learning Accelerator (TLA), is working to bring transparency, efficiency, and collaboration to K-12 technology purchasing. Through these particular focus areas, as well as a variety of national programs, TEC aims to ensure schools are spending money on effective technology tools, and saving money in the process.
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