Should it stay or should it go? Schools trim number of tech tools they use

Veteran teacher and technology enthusiast Heather Esposito watched her colleagues scour education technology tools for anything that would make the intimidating world of virtual learning easier to navigate back in 2020.

Educational technology companies were happy to comply, offering teachers free trials of their products.

“People were just finding ideas and sharing them like, ‘I’m trying this and trying that’,” said Esposito, who became the first-ever technology coach for the Cherry Hill, N.J., school district in July of 2020. “We didn’t really have to purchase much because all the companies were seeing this as an opportunity to offer everything for free, get you hooked, and then eventually say ‘It’s not free anymore,’ and get you to want to buy it.”



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