If ed tech companies, consultants, and all other third party education partners create their products and refine their work without talking to teachers, they could very well be wasting their time. Developing and working in a bubble is like taking a shot in the dark. Before development begins, it is extremely important to identify and understand the issues you are trying to solve. While development picks up, the feedback and advice from the boots on the ground is just as important. When a product or technology is released, spending time with the users is vital to ensuring you have truly addressed their needs.
Check out the infographic that the team behind https://menco.io has published. It’s an interesting insight into some of the background technology related interests that teachers bring to the table.