It is important that educators at the state, district, and school level use and understand data and research. The following examples are research based planning tools for the implementation of digital learning environments.
International Society for Technology in Education ISTE Essential Conditions offers a research-backed framework to guide digital learning implementation. ISTE identifies 14 critical elements necessary to effectively leverage technology for learning.
  • Shared vision
  • Empowered leaders
  • Implementation planning
  • Consistent and adequate funding
  • Equitable Access
  • Skilled personnel
  • Ongoing professional learning
  • Technical support
  • Curriculum framework
  • Student-centered learning
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Engaged communities
  • Support policies
  • Supportive external context
The Alliance for Excellence in Education offers an Interactive Planning Dashboard with a 5- step collaborative planning process. Upon completion, districts will have created a digital learning implementation plan, with research-based strategies, including stakeholder input, local context, and district team leadership responsibilities. The dashboard aligns research-based strategies and practitioner tested techniques with each district’s specific needs, allowing school district leaders to create systemic action plans for student-centered, personalized learning before purchasing additional technology—ensuring a much smoother implementation.
The Road Map for 21st Century Learning, developed in 2015 by the Cable Impacts Foundation, the Partnership for 21st Century Learning, and SETDA, with advice from dozens of experts and practitioners is a free strategic planning tool to help district/school leaders transform learning to meet the needs of students.  
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