Examples of Planning with Technology in Mind
As with technology planning that follows a general structure but plays out somewhat differently in each district, technology plans share similar elements even though no two technology plans are exactly alike. There are two main types of technology plans: stand-alone and integrated. Whereas some states mandate long range independent technology plans that focus largely on technology issues only (i.e. stand-alone), others are integrating technology planning into strategic and school improvement planning across the education enterprise (integrated).
SETDA’s State Education Policy Center (SEPC) provides details on state and district technology planning requirements including information on states that require both independent and integrated technology plans. Eighteen states require independent district level educational technology plans and 22 additional states do not require but strongly encourage technology planning.
Following are examples of state requirements for district plans that focus largely on technology issues.
- Beginning in 2014, Florida Statutes (F.S.)1011.62(12)(b) requires each district’s school board to submit to the state department of education a Digital Classrooms Plan (DCP) that has been adopted by the district’s school board. The district plan must meet the unique needs of students, schools and personnel in the district. The state has funded a DCP allocation has been established to assist districts in this effort.
- Independent district level educational technology plans are required by Nevada and are revised every 3 years. The district technology plans are used as part of the biennial needs assessment.
- Independent district level educational technology plans are required by Virginia and are revised every 6 years. The technology plans are reviewed to ensure alignment with the state educational technology plan, assess progress toward meeting state goals for educational technology integration, and ensure that state and federal requirements are met.
Following are examples of plans where technology is a more integral part of school and district-wide planning.
- Connecticut requires district level educational technology plans as part of each LEAs comprehensive or school improvement plan. The plans are revised every 3 years. The state provides planning support through online webinars, face-to-face trainings, e-mail and website support. The district technology plans are used as a guide for common practices across the state. Future plans will be used for deploying district wide technologies including online assessment testing and blended learning systems.
- The Digital Learning Advisory Council (DLAC) in Wisconsin was charged with developing a comprehensive plan for PK-12 digital learning in Wisconsin that would serve as a living digital learning document to provide recommendations to the State Superintendent on initiatives that advance PK-12 digital learning.