Obviously, it’s crucial to analyze the pros and cons of every educational equipment purchase, as well as the potential return on investment in general. Yes, finding, vetting and purchasing education technology can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be!
Here are 5 indispensable tips for making large tech purchases for K-12 students, provided by Nicole Neal, chief executive officer at Noodle Markets, through ISTE’s blog.
1. Take the time to assess your needs
This will help you make your inventory requirements clear to K-12 vendors.
2. Know your options
There are a lot of innovative K-12 products and services that are making a real impact in classrooms, so make sure you know your options. A great example of this is a cloud-based equipment checkout system, which can save you lots of time and money.
3. Leverage your network
Word of mouth can be your best way to find out what’s working and what’s not. Pay it forward by sharing your experiences with others, too.
4. Involve users in the selection process
Curriculum and ed tech directors, teachers, students and parents all have valuable perspectives to share. Equipment management should be a team effort!
5. Demand evidence
Look for vendors that have invested in efficacy studies and third-party evaluations like the ISTE Seal of Alignment.