Administrator's Guide to EdTech Purchasing

A free guide for school and district administrators

K-12 schools spend billions on edtech every year, and yet we still don't have agreed best practices around purchasing.

 This guide is a step toward correcting that.


Created in partnership with Supterintendent John Carver of the Howard-Winneshiek School District in Cresco, IA, this guide covers:

  • Identifying the problem(s) you want technology to solve
  • Resources to help you identify edtech that can help
  • Evaluating, purchasing, and implementing edtech
  • Funding sources for technology and broadband

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We know time is short, which is why we created this guide as a one-stop shop with condensed explanations, checklists, carefully curated lists of essential tips, resources, and links. At 21 pages, this guide is an in-depth resource to guide you through the entire process of purchasing edtech.

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About John Carver and Howard-Winneshiek

John was one of the first signers of the Future Ready pledge, and was one of 100 superintendent nationwide invited to attend the White House as part of the initiative in November, 2014. The Howard Winneshiek Community School District has been nationally recognized as a “District of Distinction” by District Administrator Magazine and was named "25 Districts Worth Visiting," by Tom Vander Ark, CEO of "Getting Smart." In September of 2013, John was appointed by IA Governor Brandstad to co-chair the STEM Advisory Council’s Broadband committee


Why did we create this guide?

We believe that the intelligent use of technology has the potential to help every single student move forward with their learning, and we want to support administrators as they navigate the complicated landscape of edtech purchasing