Technology can help reduce teacher workload, increase productivity and support student engagement to improve attainment and academic progress. Yet, despite its great potential and the wealth of EdTech products available, the experience of schools is that many fail to deliver what they promised.
With increasing budgetary pressures, finding the right EdTech solution to meet your learners’ needs is becoming even more crucial. So what steps can you take to try and make sure you get it right?
Source: BESA EdTech in English Maintained Schools: Market Research, June 2018
One of the main pitfalls for schools looking to purchase EdTech products is ensuring that there is sufficient clarity and agreement across the school as to the learning objectives that any new technology needs to meet, and evidence that a specific product has the ability to do so. This, plus barriers such as lack of infrastructure and insufficient resources for training is often what leaves schools unable to harness the full power and potential of the EdTech available to them.
In our guide to Buying the right EdTech for Your School, we’ve created a structured assessment framework for you to follow when thinking about what EdTech products to buy, to help you avoid some of the common mistakes that are made when it comes to buying EdTech.