A new report from Luminary Labs called "From Creation to Adoption: How to Develop and Deploy Successful Edtech" is worth thinking about. It identifies six key stakeholder groups who not only all need to be engaged, but who also need to communicate and interact with each other, to enable the development of successful ed tech tools. The stakeholders include: 1) developers (of edtech tools), 2) administrators, 3) employers, 4) funders, 5) users who are educators, and 6) users who are learners.
The report identifies three pathways for increasing communication among stakeholders:
Pathway 1: Engage users end-to-end to generate scalable solutions,
Pathway 2: Design for outliers to enable universal use, and
- Seek out research to support purchasing decisions.In the absence of research or data, look to testimonials and end user feedback.
- Support necessary professional development for users to maximize benefits of edtech.
However, we have very little independent research in our field to support ed tech tool purchasing decisions, and we don't have a systematic way for teachers and administrators to find and use testimonials or end user (learner) feedback. This needs to be addressed.
David, the ideas covered here appear to be useful in large urban programs, which I hope are represented in responding to the issues you raise through this publication.
In the small and rural programs in the region where I live, that breakdown does not occur as much. Everyone knows and talks to everyone else about everything, sometimes in grocery stores or gas stations :). Teachers and staff are stretched to the max to serve students, some holding two to three jobs to make ends meet. The network suggested here is very informal and formal "meetings" are discouraged as being too time-consuming. The computer technology employed is usually effective but pretty simple and basic, except for high-end live-video technology used to both deliver and receive instruction, especially credit courses. Leecy
Hopefully, you who operate in large programs will dive into this issue. Leecy