The vast majority of teachers say they don’t need a superintendent or curriculum director to use an ed-tech product in their classroom, according to a new survey by EdWeek Market Brief and Common Sense Media.
Vendors can help themselves if they know the big picture of districts’ budgets and academic needs, and the policy interests of top administrators.
A large Georgia district needs help disposing of out-of-date ed-tech hardware. Two smaller opportunities, one in Virginia for a Chromebook delivery, and one in Michigan for a security system installation, are also highlighted.
The PARCC assessment consortium has outlined plans in an RFP for a major restructuring designed to make it easier for states to use its test content–and also to ensure its own long-term survival.
The state of Iowa is supporting a grant program focused on professional development in math and science, and an Illinois district is looking for an online inventory and tracking system.
Texas officials are initiating a large review of an after-school community center grant program. Omaha, Nebraska’s school district is getting ready to upgrade its desktop and laptop computers.
Chesterfield County Public Schools issued a wide-ranging RFP for a digital math curriculum. In South Dakota, Sioux Fall’s wants to track its school buses with GPS technology.
Rock Hill Schools in South Carolina wants to replace its existing SIS. In Missouri, a St. Louis-area school district is offering vendors a chance to pilot their LMS solutions.
The commonwealth of Kentucky is drawing up a list of companies to intervene in academically struggling schools. Meanwhile, Nashville’s school system bought a gifted and talented screening assessment from Pearson.
District officials are especially wary of ed-tech companies over-promising, and not guaranteeing strong implementation of their products, a survey reveals.