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The world of digital learning is ever-evolving, growing exponentially, with new resources available almost daily. It is easy to lose oneself in exploring all of these options, and looking for the next best thing. In order to focus efforts, it is essential to develop a shared vision. Ideally this vision will be developed with input from all stakeholders: teachers, parents, students, community members, and administrators.
- Digital Learning Strategic Plan from ISTE
- Visionary Leadership
- Process for Setting a Shared Vision Checklist
The implementation of digital learning often requires system-wide change. Therefore strong leadership, distributed and shared among a variety of stakeholder groups, is essential to ensuring that decisions are well-informed and unintended consequences are minimized.
- Key Recommendations for District Leaders
- Future Ready Schools - Future Ready programs offer district and school leaders ways to leverage FRS resources, strategies, and action planning for district and school transformation.
- Digital Promise - Digital Promise works to accelerate innovation in education to improve opportunities to learn.
- Project Tomorrow - Project Tomorrow ensures that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators.
A strong technology implementation plan serves as the roadmap of a district's digital learning journey. It should be comprehensive (with considerations for infrastructure, professional development, maintenance, support, etc.) and including a process for continuous improvement.
- IDOE Digital Learning Implementation Considerations and Checklist
- K-12 Curricular Materials Digest - an example of how to share district-supported digital tools with staff
- Evaluation Toolkit for Remote Learning
- 10 Building Blocks Framework Tool
- Planning Considerations from NIET
- A Guide to Implementation from SETDA
- Course Requirement Example Checklist
- Administration Expectations Example Checklist
- National Standards for Quality Online Programs
A key component to a successful technology plan is funding. When developing an implementation plan, factors such as ongoing maintenance, updates, system support, and professional development, as well as possible funding streams, must be considered to ensure sustainability.
Strong and aligned policies enable and strengthen a quality implementation plan. Consider developing technology-related policies with considerations for students, staff, community, and guests.
- Consistent Support Policies: The Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology
- Children's Internet Protection Act
- Develop an Internet Safety Policy
- FERPA and Virtual Learning
- Develop an Acceptable Use Policy
- Recommended District Policies for At-Home Teaching and Learning
- How do existing policies impact practice and culture?
- How should support policies align with the shared vision?
- What methods will be used for gathering feedback and modifying policies and practices to fit the technology implementation vision?
- What policies, forms, and incentive structures will support critical elements of technology integration?