When schools and districts often focus only on the most immediate needs like purchasing the required hardware, vetting the best content, ensuring classrooms have a reliable internet connection when they engage in technology-based learning initiatives. This might result in the failure of edtech initiative at those institutions.
For successful implementation plans, effective instructional methods must flexibly adapt to the needs of each student. The blueprint must be flexible enough to scale if it is to be implemented district-wide, even if the pilot program may show great success. There are variables that may change at a particular school as the year progresses as well as a range of factors that can vary from school to school. Teachers may have varying skill levels in regard to new technology, access to tablets and computers may vary, the needs of the student population may change over time, and changes in the amount of instructional time available may affect implementation fidelity.
It is critically important to choose a flexible program that can accommodate change since there is no guarantee of an immutable school year. The program ultimately serves only a small portion of the population if it only works in one specific framework. Infusing our traditional education system with freedom, flexibility, and accountability would allow technology to aid our educational progress in meaningful ways.
Keep in mind the importance of setting an adequate goal if you are considering new edtech or are currently in the process of implementing new technology during your decision-making process. Remember the importance of planning, goal setting, and clear communication to ensure your implementation is as successful as possible.