Any attempts to improve education must look at it as a system. No piece of technology out-of-the-box can produce a meaningful educational result by itself. Usage is usually cited as a measure of success for technology, but that metric by itself does not prove educational value.
The success of technology should not be measured by test scores or student outcomes but by how well the technology enables and enhances new pedagogies adopted by educators.
AOL founder Steve Case says that winning companies will be those that form the right partnerships. Some seek assistance from education consultants and former educators.
These participants are engaged with the district well before it shops for technology, and can be instrumental in setting its direction.