6 Steps to Implementing a Successful Pilot Program

Making sure the technology you adopt is a good fit for students and teachers in your district

Selecting which edtech program is right for your district is a big decision and a big investment. After you talk to your stakeholders, complete your research, weigh your options, and narrow your choices, the important work of piloting the program(s) begins. Before rolling out new technology district-wide, you want to be able to see how effectivel it integrates into classrooms, and assess its long-term potential. For that, you’ll need a carefully crafted pilot program. Here are six key steps you’ll need to address to ensure success:

 

  1. Identify your goals: Have an end-game in sight before you start down the path of piloting programs. Identify what success looks like in one year, two years … five years, and set your goals to align with your vision. This is essential for gauging just how effective the pilot programs are for your staff and students.
  2. Create your timelines: It’s important to set your pilot programs to align with district timelines, such as your academic calendars, testing periods, and budgetary seasons. This will ensure your staff has the time to use the solution without disrupting learning.
  3. Establish success metrics: Data is essential to making an informed decision. Too much is at stake to act on gut feelings. With data, you can convince district stakeholders about the effectiveness of (and the investment in) the desired solution. 
  4. Make time for Professional Development (PD): Successful staff equals successful students. Including PD as a component of your pilot program prepares your staff to use new programs to their full potential so you can more accurately measure effectiveness.
  5. Get your tech in check: Don’t let technology scheduling snafus or weak integrations interrupt your pilot. Schedule access to computer labs, computer carts, or tablets, and test the programs to make sure they run without a hitch.
  6. Get feedback on the pilot experience: Don’t forget the two parties on the front line: Students and teachers. Consider using surveys post pilot to provide your staff and students a channel to share their feedback on their experience with the program being piloted. 

 

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Kristen Ramaley

Kristen Ramaley

Sr Marketing Manager at DreamBox Learning
Kristen is a strong believer in the idea that every student learns differently and has spent the past 8 years working in edtech exploring different approaches to teaching and learning. When she is not behind a computer engaging with educators, she can be found hiking in the mountain passes surrounding her native city of Seattle, or on her paddle board with her furry companion Isla.
Kristen Ramaley