Two district leaders talk about their roles in bringing “innovation” into their districts, and the mistakes companies make when approaching them.
A Pennsylvania school district offers an example of how districts can negotiate discounts with education companies, in exchange for explaining the potential benefits of their products to other K-12 systems.
An Ohio district made adjustments after purchasing a mobile “fab lab” with high-tech equipment that required extensive teacher training.
Researcher Barbara Foorman talks about her study on the use of computer-adaptive tests of literacy for ELLs in early grades in the Miami-Dade schools in Florida.
What are district officials looking for in educational games? An Illinois school district administrator offers straight talk to vendors.
Jill Barnes, a top official at the Florida Virtual School, describes what she expects from adaptive learning providers.
The Houston Independent school system is on the leading edge of efforts to require student information systems that integrate well with other platforms.
Digital providers trying to land K-12 contracts over heavily favored incumbents should think about reaching out to administrators focused on professional development–not to overburdened procurement staff.
A pair of state officials talk about how the federal Go Open campaign has changed what they’re demanding from content providers.
Hal Friedlander, the former chief information officer of the nation’s largest school district, talks about how new and emerging digital providers can compete with established players for K-12 contracts.