Choosing and Evaluating Educational Technologies

We have seen it all too often – school leaders seeing a new technology application, thinking it fulfils an immediate need, and purchasing without investigating how this product integrates and overlaps with existing applications.  I find it difficult to comprehend why one would not start with a needs analysis.

Edsurge, an organisation committed to connecting educators with emerging technology trends, products, events and the entrepreneurs who build new applications,  has good advice on choosing, vetting and purchasing Edtech products in this post  and downloadable sixty-eight page guide, The Edtech Selection Playbook.

The message is clear:  start with a needs analysis; ensure that research studies are reliable, valid, without bias and not merely marketing-promoted hype.