All too often, the connection between teachers and technology tools falls flat. Pioneering schools and educators search for technology to support teacher-led instruction, only to find that existing technologies do not meet teachers’ needs. The alternative to off-the-shelf technology is build-it-yourself, but most schools find they lack the scale, revenue sources or expertise to support a software development department.
There is a third alternative, however: partner with a company to co-design new technology.
Partnerships between edtech companies and schools may not seem like an innovative new idea. However, what we describe as partnerships commonly entail little more than developers listening to teachers before designing technologies for the classroom. For technologies that facilitate traditional teaching practices—such as taking attendance, administering and grading quizzes, maintaining a gradebook, or digitizing textbooks—this approach makes sense. These tasks are defined by well-established best practices, and soliciting teacher feedback is an effective way to make sure the technology aligns with common practical approaches for implementing them.
Originally published on EdSurge. Read the full article here: https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-07-13-beyond-build-or-buy-the-case-for-co-designing-edtech