Pilots & Proof of Concept

A pilot or proof of concept (POC) demonstrates the feasibility of an education technology program before it is fully implemented. These tools can help you to plan a solid proof of concept and see what’s possible (and what’s problematic) before undertaking a full-scale deployment.

All Pilot and Proof of Concept toolkit files

A zip file containing all downloadable Pilot and Proof of Concept toolkit resources

What Is a Proof of Concept?

A proof of concept (POC) is the preliminary rollout of a specific program, process, or model to demonstrate its feasibility 

POC Questions to Ask

The essential questions to ask before you begin the Proof of Concept process

Planning a Proof of Concept

With so much at stake, planning your proposed education technology programs before implementation is vital

Proof of Concept Phases

A structured methodology for assessing, developing, and implementing new technology initiatives

Evaluating a Proof of Concept

A Proof of Concept (POC) should involve enough participants to capture statistically valid data

Teamwork Takes This Texas District’s 1:1 Program to the Next Level

It’s been several years since we first profiled Klein ISD’s one-to-one program. In this update we look at what’s happened over eight years in this pioneering district.

The Proof is in the Concept at Orange County Public Schools

Florida’s Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) is the 10th largest school district in the country. So before instituting a sweeping 1:1 initiative across the district, OCPS conducted a Proof of Concept to test the waters. 

BYO, Chromebooks and Innovative Learning in Southeast Texas

A robust wireless infrastructure, Google Apps for Education, student-owned devices, and Acer Chromebooks are the perfect backdrop for innovative classroom learning in Dayton ISD.

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The 7-second Edtech Sound Bites that Scream “Disaster in the Making”

The ability to communicate a well thought out educational technology plan replete with learning strategies and outcomes is essential. Read Elliott Levine's list of telling statements to avoid. 

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The Moment of an Idea

Valuing creative ideas which are sparked each and every day is essential! Read David Jakes insights on how to foster support for creative ideas.

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Scaling Innovation: Out of the Sandbox

Scaling innovation involves considerable work and thought by teams. Read Donna Teuber's insights on the process and the rewards. 

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Technology Can Help Compete For & Retain More Higher Education Students

Is technology being used to deliver transformative education in higher education settings? Look at Elliott Levine's key points to bringing results that matter. 

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Get Your Dreams On the Calendar

As back to school rapidly approaches, it is time for looking ahead and planning solidly for success in the new school year. Read as Hank Thiele explores options for both planning and implementing for future successes. 

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Edtech on the Horizon Proves Both Promising and Challenging

The Horizon Report for K-12 reveals some wicked challenges. Read as Leslie Wilson explores school approaches to meeting these challenges. 

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Reminder for Leaders - Recognition Matters

Education technology and those of us who work in it have kind of taken it on the chin over the years. We’re told that it technology too expensive and that we can’t prove the value. Teachers and students complain that they don’t have sufficient support or get enough PD, but those are the first budgets cut. We’re put on the hot seat for getting ready for online assessment without sufficient resources or guidance. Then we get blamed for not protecting student privacy and data security. And why can’t we make up our minds when it comes to devices and BYOD?

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Going Digital is as Easy as 1 2 3

Manteca School District superintendent, Jason Messer, describes the comprehensive approach his district took to going digital. Learn how it helped the successes to add up. 

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Disruption and Stability

The right technology supports goals of all kinds. Look at the analysis of Disruption vs. Stability from the perspectives of learners. 

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Reasons Why 94% of U.S. Superintendents are Making Technology Mistakes

When superintendents undertake 1:1 initiatives, they surely hope for the best results. However, many find themselves faced with failed initiatives. View Elliot Levine's post on reasons for these failures and ways to avoid them. 

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