Nonprofit to Assist K-12 in the EdTech Product Marketplace
With so many edtech service options in the marketplace, K-12 schools often have a difficult time in funding and locating the best products. A new nonprofit consulting group, Technology for Education Consortium (TEC), believes K-12 schools are wasting resources in not effectively researching the best solutions for their students or negotiating properly when buying edtech products.
Founded this year under a seed grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, TEC supports the belief that transparency and better information will help schools reduce their expenses and find products that best fit with their systems and student needs.
According to their website, TEC’s mission, “Is to bring transparency, efficiency, and collaboration to K-12 schools engaged in evaluating and purchasing edtech products and services.”
The nonprofit is co-founded by Hal Friedlander, former Chief Information Officer for the New York City Department of Education and Celina Morgan-Standard who has consulted for EdTech solutions and companies.
Friedlander, Morgan-Standard, and board member Harold Levy spoke at a panel on Tuesday at SXSWedu on the importance of collaborating with K-12 schools in analyzing the edtech market.
According to the panel summary, “American K-12 schools spend over $20 billion annually on instructional materials for students. This money is often spent without any measure of the impact on students.”
There is much concern that it can lead to schools wasting public funds and students using products or curriculum that is substandard, leading to a diminished edtech marketplace where the best services are passed over.
Nate Leese is an Emerson College senior journalism student focusing on long term photography projects and visual media. Growing up a third culture kid he enjoys learning about relationships between cultures during times of change.