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SXSWedu 2014

Free? Really? How educators can avoid edtech traps

Rumble... woosh! That's the sound of your typical educator buried by an avalanche of new edtech products. With so much new software, how is an educator to chose?

To cut through the noise, edtech companies all over have begun offering "free pilots" for the chance to prove their chops. But what’s in the fine print? Betsy Corcoran, founder of EdSurge, will talk with top vendors, MasteryConnect & Clever, and educator Chris Liang-Vergara about how to navigate “free” trials. Together they have collaborated on a program called “Clear & Simple Trials” aimed at helping educators genuinely test out technology with no strings attached.

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  1. Free trials - is this the future of edtech sales or an unsustainable path?
  2. How as a school can you accept a "free pilot" without making a Devil's Bargain?
  3. What is the EdSurge "Clear and Simple Trials" program and why do we need easier free pilots? What kind of tricks do schools have to watch out for?



Tyler Bosmeny, CEO, Clever

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  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Panel Discussion
  • Track: Best Practices & Implementation
  • Level: Beginning
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