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Office of Digital Learning

Planning a Digital Learning Initiative

Developing a Vision

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Creating Anytime, Anywhere Learning for All Students: Key Elements of a Comprehensive Digital Infrastructure
Published by the Alliance for Excellent Education to help districts adopts a broader definition of digital infrastructure that includes professional learning, changes in pedagogy, parent and community engagement, and assessment and data systems.

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Born in another time: Ensuring educational technology meets the needs of students today - and tomorrow
Published by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), to help schools address the impact of technology on teaching and learning. Areas include: addressing the voice and needs of today's students; ensuring educators can use technology in meeting the needs of today's students; and building educational technology infrastructure.

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Project Red Research Findings
Research findings from the first large-scale national study to identify and prioritize the factors that make some U.S. K-12 technology implementations perform dramatically better than others (2010).

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Time for Teachers: Leveraging Time to Strengthen Instruction & Empower Teachers
Published by the National Center on Time and Learning (NCTL), examines 17 high-performing and fast-improving schools around the country that have taken advantage of expanded school schedules to provide students with more time for engaging academic and enrichment classes and teachers with more time to collaborate with colleagues, analyze students data, create new lesson plans, and develop new skills.

Conducting a Technology Needs Assessment

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Standards for Quality Online Courses, Teaching, and Programs
Developed by the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), these recommended standards provide guidance to districts on providing virtual learning opportunities.

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Interactive Planning Dashboard
A free, interactive planning tool that lets districts assess their readiness, identify gaps, select from suggested strategies, and make a plan to transition successfully to digital learning in the seven key categories of the Future Ready Framework: Personalized Professional Learning; Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment; Budget and Resources; Community Partnerships; Privacy and Data; Use of Space and Time; Technology Infrastructure; and Collaborative Leadership.

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STNA: School Technology Needs Assessment
Published by the Friday Institute STNA (say "Stenna") helps school-level decision makers - administrators, technology facilitators, media coordinators, or technology committee members - collect data to plan and improve uses of technology in teaching and learning activities. The STNA is designed to be completed by teachers and other educators working directly with students, and administered to the entire staff of any school for which needs are being assessed.

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Roadmap to 21st Century Learning Environments
Created by Cable Impacts Foundation, the Partnership for 21st Century Learning and the State Educational Technology Directors Association to help schools develop plans for 21st century learning.

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Virtual Learning Program Rubric Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
Developed by the Northeast Comprehensive Center in cooperation with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the New York State Department of Education, and the Rhode Island Department of Education, the guide is designed to help districts evaluate virtual learning programs for quality and rigor.



Last Updated: June 20, 2016
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