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Office of Educational Technology (EdTech)

Office of Educational Technology (EdTech)

Educational Technology (also known as edtech) is the combination of information technology (hardware, software, data, and infrastructure) with sound teaching and learning practices. The goal of edtech is to purposefully and strategically use available resources to enhance the individual and collective educational experience, facilitate instruction and learning, and ultimately, support students and educators in lifelong learning.

The DESE EdTech team envisions a world where all K–12 students in Massachusetts regularly engage in opportunities to learn, explore, and innovate through relevant, contemporary technology and with well-prepared and inspired educators. With strategic and thoughtful planning and implementation, edtech has the potential to support the Department's educational vision and:

  • ensure all students are known and valued,
  • create learning experiences that are relevant, real-world, and interactive, and
  • provide individualized supports that enable students to excel at grade level and beyond.

Our EdTech Goals:

The Office of Educational Technology provides guidance, resources, and support in three primary areas, which you can find more information about on the linked pages.

  • Goal 1: Expand equitable access to technology, including sufficient bandwidth, 1:1 devices, and high-quality digital materials and experiences.
  • Goal 2: Identify, evaluate, and promote effective uses of edtech that serve to enhance student learning.
  • Goal 3: Leverage research and innovation in K–12 edtech that may provide solutions to persistent problems and support next generation learning.

Sustaining Progress in Access and Equity: EdTech Strategic Planning Guide

Sustaining Progress in Access and Equity: EdTech Strategic Planning Guide, published in 2021, is a guide for Massachusetts School Leaders prepared by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in close partnership with state and national stakeholders. The Guide will be refreshed over the course of the 2023-2024 school year to include updates in content, resources, and recommendations.

The current guide presents an overview of information related to K–12 edtech and provides insights and suggestions to support administrative teams as they plan for the future of edtech in their districts and schools. Click the blue and white cover page below to view or download the PDF.

The EdTech Strategic Planning Guide was honored by SETDA as one of the 2022 State Achievement Award Recipients during the SETDA Emerging Trends Forum in June 2022. Read more about the award.

Sustaining Progress in Access and Equity: EdTech Strategic Planning Guide (Download PDF Document)
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Last Updated: January 3, 2024

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