Educators are often called upon to make technology purchasing decisions. When dollars are limited this is no easy task. Rather than seek the latest, largest or fastest, allocate technology dollars to positively impact learning or solve existing problems. Begin mapping the educational landscape by identifying the educational goals as well as the users and stakeholders. These include students, teachers, benefactors, and board members. Identify the technology tools that exist and determine which ones should be considered and why. List and compare the features that each tool (or version) provides. Consider the barriers that exist hand how the barriers can be overcome or managed. Barriers may be the learning curve required, the price point, or the space required to house the tool. Once all data is collected and carefully analyzed, be prepared to justify your purchasing choice with solid data both verbally and in writing. All technology purchases must be followed by careful planning for and implementation of staff training and development. This is usually NOT a one time hit and run but must include regular follow-up and continued support. I created a decision matrix to assist in gathering valuable information that will aid in the decision making process for future technology purchases. Click on the link above and give it a try for a technology you are interested in implementing in your classroom.