Make the Future
Summit 2022
Creative Constructor
Lab Virtual
Leadership Exchange
at ISTELive 21
Edtech Advocacy &
Policy Summit

Evaluate the Tech — Help to Make Wise Choices

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Stephanie Howell  
Angie Raquepaw  
Brian Seymour  
Scott Sommer  

How do you make the decision of what technology tools to purchase? Have you ever regretted purchasing something that did not work? Pickerington Schools (2018 ISTE Distinguished District) has created a robust vetting and evaluation process that it will share (for free) that has been tested over the past four years.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Coaches, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Participant accounts, software and other materials: none
Topic: Leadership
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Visionary Planner
  • Build on the shared vision by collaboratively creating a strategic plan that articulates how technology will be used to enhance learning.
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have access to the technology and connectivity necessary to participate in authentic and engaging learning opportunities.
Systems Designer
  • Ensure that resources for supporting the effective use of technology for learning are sufficient and scalable to meet future demand.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Every year school districts purchase millions/billions of dollars of edtech tools and digital content. But how do schools and leaders truly know they are purchasing the right thing? How do they know this will work on their network and with their devices? How do they know this will align to the direction of teaching and learning. Pickerington Schools have developed a robust process that will walk attendees through step by step how to make sure they are making the right decisions. We will provide a quick analysis rubric, a step by steph flow chart, questions to ask teachers and students and questions to ask vendors. This process has truly helped to align our purchases and make quality fiscal decisions with the technology tools and digital content we have purchased over the past four years.


We will begin with research about how many edtech purchases are made in a year, how much money is being spent and how much of that is wasted. We will frame it as a call to action. We will then go over the flow chart and begin with our quick analysis rubric. We will then ask the attendees to share their thoughts of the rubric and how it can be used in the process. We will then continue to go through the flow chart talking about technology department role, curriculum role, teacher and student feedback, evaluation of current programs, field testing new programs, talking with vendors, and final selection of tools and programs. We will allow numerous times for turn and talk and feedback discussions.

Supporting research

At ISTE 19 our team got the opportunity to work with Brandon Olszewski - Director of Research at ISTE to further define our process, this included the overall process and more improved questions to ask our teachers and of vendors. We have also used many of the Learning Sciences principles into this work from ISTE's Course of Mind.

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Stephanie Howell, Pickerington Local School District
Angie Raquepaw, Pickerington Local School District
Brian Seymour, Pickerington Local School District
ISTE Certified Educator

Brian is the EdTech Director for Pickerington Schools (Ohio). Brian is leading Pickerington through 1:1 process, through a change in pedagogy of blended learning they have termed “Tradigital Learning.” Under Brian’s leadership, Pickerington has been named the 2018 ISTE Distinguished District of the Year. Pickerington was named a distinguished district by The Center for Digital Education, The Learning Counsel, District Administrator Magazine. Brian was named the 2019 EdTech Leadership School Leader of the Year, 2017 ITIPOhio Tech Admin, 2017 ISTE’s Ohio Making It Happen. Pickerington Schools has been named the model school district for the national Future Ready initiative.

Scott Sommer, Pickerington Local School District

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