Updated: Nov 6, 2019
Educational Technology can boost student performance. Unfortunately, if not implemented well, Ed-Tech can be a drain on morale, instructional time, and resources.
Many failed implementations are preventable.
Here are 5 tips to make your next Education Technology tool successful.
1. Make classroom observations before you buy a new product.
If you have a voice in Ed-Tech purchases, attend the sales presentation. Then, observe classrooms with what you learned at the presentation in mind. Collaborate with teachers about your observations.
Here's a free checklist you can use.
Share your observations with your salesperson. Include possible roadblocks to success and notes about which teachers might be most successful. They may be able to connect you with an in-house educator for a free consultation to help you solve anticipated issues.
2. Set start dates and clear usage expectations before training.
Once the sale completes, most of us wait for the vendor to return for training. Instead, work with teachers to set a start date and usage goals that fit your instructional cycle. Collaborate with teachers to determine usage routines. Determine what the expected outcomes are. Share these expectations with your vendor, and ask them to tailor the training accordingly.
3. Attend the training with your trainers or teachers.
Consider the resources you're investing in this product. Trusting a vendor who’s only spent a few hours (or less!) at your building to lead a training and message the way you’d like it messaged is a risk.
Be there to correct vendor assumptions and immediately address roadblocks to classroom implementation.
4. Set calendar reminders now to follow up on goal progress.
Set a calendar reminder to reach out to teachers for feedback at 2 weeks, 3 months and 6 months. You’ll catch issues early and be more prepared for an informed renewal conversation. Don’t be afraid to forward negative feedback or teacher requests to vendors. Ed Tech product teams will be grateful to receive it, and it often leads to product improvements.
5. If you need more support, consider hiring a consultant.
A good Ed Tech consultant can help you look at implementations with a fresh eye. Sometimes small changes can get things moving in the right direction.
Ready to make even more progress with a customized plan for your school? Book your free 45-minute consultation today!