Before the “lean startup methodology” made beta testing de rigeur, companies would perform “pilots” with little to no feedback from the front lines. This strategy of ignorance often led to the development of technology that actually made educators less efficient.
As a teacher and one allowed into the inner sanctum of ImagineK12, I can tell you that today’s entrepreneurs are different. They care about listening to teachers and acting on insightful, productive feedback. They know that it’s not enough to be a respectful and good listener; these entrepreneurs have learned to let teachers know when they act on the feedback they’ve received."