Through this assignment, I also learned to assess the applications based on function, technicality, as well as classification. It was interesting to note that while some of the applications used are very important and secure, they are not necessarily the best for where we plan to take our students’ needs. This understanding enables me to lead an organization to consider their focus before adopting new application services. For example, Google Apps for Education has maximized functional and technical assessments, and are also a CORE classification.
Furthermore, much of Google’s service is free! This leads to an easy decision for many LEAs: go the Google route!
I now know that when I analyze applications, I’m looking for those that function like Google. Education needs maximized function demands and technical cooperation with emerging applications. We also need to be able to spend less money on the services so we can focus on other educational demands. Not only could I help my future school district with these decisions, I plan to focus on the analysis of application priorities, security, functional and technical assessments, as well as cost-per-user and outcomes. This is vital in order to keep the overall EA focused onward and upward.