Taking Buying By the Horns with Project Unicorn

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Elise Hawthorne  
Erin Mote  

ISTE and Project Unicorn created the resource "Better Edtech Buying for Educators: A Practical Guide." In this session, hear how education leaders optimize their edtech buying practices. Join us for free resources and Unicorn magic.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Technology infrastructure and connectivity
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
  • Model for colleagues the identification, exploration, evaluation, curation and adoption of new digital resources and tools for learning.
  • Use technology to design and implement a variety of formative and summative assessments that accommodate learner needs, provide timely feedback to students and inform instruction.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this presentation is to empower educators. By the end of this session, participants will become more informed about systemic needs around issues such as data privacy and interoperability, and will know how to make the case for the inclusion of technology tools and resources in school districts.


1- What is data interoperability? (5 minutes)
2- Tips and best practices for edtech procurement (15 minutes)
3- Q&A (5 minutes)

Supporting research
ISTE guidebook:
10 Questions for EdTech Vendors:
Tier Stories: A Glimpse Into the Interoperable Classroom:
Why Data Interoperability Matters for Schools:
Why Data Interoperability Matters for Vendors:
Interoperability Rubric:

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Elise Hawthorne, InnovateEDU
Erin Mote, InnovateEDU

Erin Mote is the executive director of InnovateEDU and co-founder of Brooklyn Laboratory Charter Schools (LAB). She leads InnovateEDU and its major projects, including the development of Cortex, Project Unicorn, an urban education fellowship to diversify the teacher pipeline and supports for LAB's growth.