Districts Weigh Control Over Software Buying
CRPE practitioner in residence Steven Hodas is quoted in this Education Week article on blended learning.
An excerpt from the article by Benjamin Herold:
As with most big-ticket items, school district central offices like to control the purse strings when it comes time to shop for new blended learning software.
But school procurement experts, education technology vendors, and school leaders alike are increasingly convinced that a more bottom-up approach offers a better chance for solid implementation—and, they hope, big learning gains.
Steven Hodas, a practitioner-in-residence at the Center on Reinventing Public Education, a research and policy-advocacy center at the University of Washington, in Seattle, is among those who favor a decentralized approach.
"When it comes from the top, it's easy for people in schools to fold their arms and wait for it to blow over," he said. "If you make sure the people who are doing the work are not objects, but subjects, you're a lot more likely to get their buy-in and their commitment to making [the software] work."
Read the full article.