With the pandemic came a rush for getting ed-tech software to make the transition to digital instruction easier. However, as many made rash purchase decisions, they quickly realized that the more research you put in, the better product you’re going to get. According to Canvas’ Trenton Goble, whose tips in District Administration we’ve summarized below, there are ultimately three things to look for when making an ed-tech purchase decision: security, scalability, and support.
In the way of security, the software you choose is going to hold important academic and student data to some degree, and because of this, you’ll want to be confident that your data is secure and private. In doing this, you’ll want to ensure that the software is hosted by AWS, as it is the most secure of the cloud-service hosts. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure the software does regular security audits and that they back up their data in multiple locations in case the main data center is compromised in some way.
If your software meets all these requirements, then you’re ready to move on to the next criteria: scalability.
The important thing to check with scalability is that your software won’t crash when you need it, and that it can support a large number of users all operating the software at the same time without lagging. In doing this, you’ll want to look for estimates of the company’s number of concurrent users at any given time as well as how they expand their number of servers to support the new users they bring in.
Finally, you should look into the amount of support your software provides. You should make sure the software offers live support when you need it, so when you’re doing lesson planning after school hours and need to speak with someone, you can. Additionally, it’s also important to talk to those around you and see what they use and how their experience has been – this will help you get an idea of how supportive the ed-tech is or isn’t.
Once you’ve investigated these three areas, then you’re ready to make a purchase with the peace of mind that your choice is a good one.
Read the full article here: How to make the right ed-tech purchase (the first time).
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