Smart Buy: Improving Edtech Purchasing With the Learning Sciences

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Dr. Saro Mohammed  
Dr. Brandon Olszewski  
Dr. Rachel Schechter  
Josh Werth  

The Smart Buy forum will equip educators, leaders and instructional technology specialists with the knowledge to make smart choices around edtech selection and purchasing with the learning sciences. Why the learning sciences? Rather than waiting on the publication of research that's conducted in schools like yours about the edtech you're interested in, what if you could look at an app and determine if it's built based on what we know about how people learn? This session will prepare you to do just that, and steer conversations with edtech product providers in a whole new way!

Audience: Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Science of learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
  • Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.
  • Model for colleagues the identification, exploration, evaluation, curation and adoption of new digital resources and tools for learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The objective of this event is to help educators, leaders, and edtech specialists make better decisions about edtech selection.

As a result of participating in this forum, participants will:
1. Deepen their understanding of the learning sciences and learning engineering, and thus, effective instruction.
2. Make clear connections between current research and educational practice - specifically, around edtech selection and use.
3. Better direct conversations with edtech solution providers to be more helpful, including on the vendor floor at future conferences, and in demos and conversations with vendors.


Content and activities = A first version of a new edtech selection toolkit will be a central resource for the forum. New learning content - about the learning sciences and learning engineering - will also be provided (e.g. slides).

Time & schedule - expected session format
5 min = welcome
15 min = introductory content
20 min = hands-on group work with edtech selection resources
10 min = wrap up

Supporting research

Course of Mind website =

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Dr. Saro Mohammed, Ed Research Works

As an education researcher and evaluator, Sarojani Mohammed, Ph.D., fights the injustice of knowledge-hoarding by making deep, meaningful connections between research and practice to foster the best learning experiences for each learner. She has 15 years' experience in research/external evaluations of public, private, and non-profit education programs. Saro is the founder and principal of Ed Research Works; a founding board member and the executive director of Capacity Catalyst; and the co-founder of the Teaching and Learning Research Community.

Dr. Rachel Schechter, Charles River Media Group
Josh Werth, ISTE

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