Report Outlines Strategies for Streamlining District Procurement

A pair of organizations is urging school districts and private-sector entrepreneurs to work more closely together to streamline and improve the process through which school systems choose and buy educational technology.
Digital Promise, a nonprofit authorized by Congress to support innovation in education, and IDEO, a design firm, released a report this week offering suggestions for districts on how they can use procurement to bring more innovative, and more useful tech products to administrators, teachers, and students.
The document is meant to offer ideas for an improved process, and to collect new ones from districts, private-sector vendors, startup officials, and others. One major frustration of ed-tech entrepreneurs is that its hard for them to know what kinds of innovations school districts want, or will accept. That leads to the development of a lot of cool-seeming products that don’t help educators, and to school officials seeking tech innovations but not knowing where to find them.
Read more: Report Outlines Strategies for Streamlining District Procurement – Marketplace K-12 – Education Week.

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