**Editor’s note: This article first appeared in EdTech Focus on K-12.

“Is product x compatible with product y?”

^ It’s one of the most common inquiries in edtech evaluation and purchasing, and for good reason: At the end of the day, people just want to know their systems are going to work together, even if it’s not always clear what that means.

And yet, as the awareness and prioritization of interoperability continue to gain momentum, this most basic of compatibility questions just doesn’t feel good enough anymore. What we have here is a discussion in need of a little reframing…

John Jennings

Managing editor @AdvancingK12. Digital & social media guy @Skyward_Inc. Champion of risk-taking leaders and positive cultures ⚔.

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