The 660,000-student Los Angeles Unified School District has released a request for proposal for a technology effort that could cost up to $500 million.
The decision to award a $15 million, education-data-management contract to an out-of-state company has drawn a protest from a rival business.
School district technology officials say their demand for wireless networks and tablet computing devices will rise over the next three years, a new survey shows.
Los Angeles is considering an unprecedented initiative that would give all 650,000 students an electronic device, leading to scrutiny as to how the district will pay for it.
Developing products based on teachers’ experiences and preferences would help improve academic performance, which would likely influence district-level purchasing decisions, experts say.
In partnership with ETS, the company will develop an open-source system for collecting and analyzing results from common assessments in 25 states.
The education technology industry’s largest startup incubator holds a “demo day” for companies to pitch to funders.
Schools, already purchasing iPads in record numbers, could opt for more affordable version, though competing devices are still less expensive.
EDU STAR proposal would create technology to rapidly conduct independent evaluations of ed-tech products and share that information with schools.
Middle schools can use new Techbooks for free, as part of the League of Innovative Schools’ efforts to increase purchasing power.