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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Government Request That You Help Find Education Technology Tools That Work

The Government Wants You to Help Find Education Technology Tools That Actually Work

Tony Wan | August 24, 2015

Can you prove that education technology tools actually work? And do so without spending years upon years and hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of dollars?
If so, the US Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology has issued a 36-page Request for Proposal (RFP) “to find support services to evaluate educational software applications purchased with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) program funds.” The mission, should you choose to accept it: create a set of tools to conduct “rapid-cycle technology evaluations,” which include creating guidelines, assessment methods, protocols for setting up the experiments and documenting results. This RFP will close on September 3 at 11am ET.

The breadth and depth of educational materials and information available on the Internet can break boundaries, making any subject accessible anywhere, and providing students with access to experts from across town or across the globe. New technologies also give teachers tools and flexibility to engage students, personalize the learning experience, and share resources or best practices with colleagues. Source:

<more at; related links: (Rapid-Cycle Tech Evaluations (RCTE). Solicitation Number: ED-OOS-15-R-0039
Agency: Department of Education. Office: Contracts & Acquisitions Management
Location: Contracts (All ED Components) Updated Autust 5, 2015)>

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