• Organization TypeAdvocacy NGO
  • Staff1-5
  • Founded2016

Technology for Education Consortium (TEC)

TEC was founded in New York City in 2016 by a group of professionals who are passionate about education and technology, with a seed grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In its first year, TEC will work to bring together district charter members across the country to support the development and mission of the organization. The Technology for Education Consortium (TEC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring transparency, efficiency, and collaboration to K-12 schools engaged in evaluating and purchasing edtech products and services. They believe that greater transparency and better information will allow school districts to improve results, reduce costs and support new product development. TRANSPARENCY Can they give students the most effective technology? School districts have been making purchasing decisions without reliable information about whether those products lead to desired educational outcomes. Products are often misused or underused, breaking the feedback loop necessary for improvements. EFFICIENCY Can they break down barriers in the procurement process? Archaic procurement policies routinely eliminate cutting-edge products simply because they are marketed by companies unfamiliar with school buying procedures. COLLABORATION Can schools learn from the experience of their peers? For years, school districts have been unable to benefit from the buying experiences of their peers; this includes discounts negotiated, implementation issues encountered, and services deficiencies identified. As a result, some districts get great deals while others don’t do as well - even when they are buying the same product and similar quantities.
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