For ed-tech success, why schools use technology is just as important as how
Many public school districts don’t have the resources to partner with an education technology company to develop customized digital learning tools for their classrooms. But when it comes to selecting ed-tech products or figuring out how to use them in the classroom, they could still learn something from the successful partnership between Leadership Public Schools (LPS), a charter network that serves the San Francisco Bay area, and Gooru, an ed-tech nonprofit.
“Schools are often looking at instructional uses,” said Thomas Arnett, a research fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation and author of a paper chronicling the efforts of these two organizations to co-develop classroom technology to support personalized learning. “But they often miss the bigger picture: the incentive structures.”
In other words, why a school decides to start using digital learning tools —the value it hopes to add to the learning environment—is just as important as how those tools will be used for instruction in the classroom.