…a year ago we called for better methods for evaluating educational apps to help states, districts and schools have more transparency into what technology was really making a difference for teaching and learning. The need to make good decisions based on evidence, as opposed to relying on marketing hype or the buzz among a small group of peers, is critical.

Source: Preview of New Tool for Schools: Ed Tech Rapid Cycle Evaluation (RCE) Coach – Medium

As this tool is refined, I could see it becoming very handy for school districts. To run a pilot with the Ed Tech Rapid Cycle Evaluation Coach you must be able to set aside a control group of similar students, schools, or teachers that are not using the edtech product being evaluated. This shouldn’t be a problem in larger districts, but I could see it being an issue in smaller districts.

Future plans include building a bank of evaluations that other districts can use instead of having to run their own pilot programs.

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