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Effective Uses of EdTech

EdTech Goal 2: Identify, evaluate, and promote effective uses of edtech that serve to enhance student learning.

EdTech Systems Guide: Equity-Driven Selection, Implementation, and Evaluation

DESE's Office of Education Technology (OET) partnered with The Learning Accelerator (TLA) to develop this guide for edtech leaders in Massachusetts. In May 2021, the Department released the EdTech Strategic Planning Guide: Sustaining Progress in Access and Equity , which offered school and system leaders guidance related to sustaining progress in access and equity through intentional and strategic edtech planning and resource allocation. This guide builds off of that work by offering support in developing and strengthening systems for edtech selection, implementation, and evaluation to ensure that edtech is effectively chosen, powerfully implemented, and properly evaluated for effectiveness across the state. Watch an introductory video on how to get the most out of the Systems Guide. Click the image below to view the guide.

EdTech Systems Guide: Equity-Driven Selection, Implementation, and Evaluation
EdTech Systems Guide Overview (Download PDF Document)

Featured Resources and Partnerships

DESE EdTech Leader Network

In May 2021, the Department released "Sustaining Progress in Access and Equity: EdTech Strategic Planning Guide" to support schools and districts as they work to leverage the significant investments in technology made in the 2020-2021 school year. In an effort to build off of the planning guide, the Department is hosting a collaborative network for district edtech leaders throughout the 2021-2022 school year focused on what systems districts are using to select, implement, and evaluate their use of edtech in service of teaching and learning.

The Department will leverage this network of local experts to review, collect, and create examples, resources, and guidance for schools and districts in these areas.

EdTechTeacher Workshops

EdTechTeacher Logo, Leading Change in Changing Times

EdTechTeacher and Google, in partnership with the Department, provided a full program of workshops beginning in June of 2021 and continuing through February 2022 for Massachusetts k–12 public school leaders, administrators, coaches and educators that are interested in exploring the potential and impact of the high-quality use of Google Workspace for Education in the classroom. Click the thumbnail for information on the whole series.

Designing a Powerful 1:1 Classroom with Google Workspace for Education (Download PDF Document)

Related Publications and Additional Support

Related Publications

  • EdTech Evidence Exchange — The EdTech Genome Project, a report developed as a collaborative effort of more than 100 education research and advocacy organizations, identifies ten implementation variables to address the effective implementation edtech. Researchers also include instruments to measure each of the 10 contextual variables in the report.

Additional Support

  • MassCUE
    • MassCUE is the state's leading organization for educators with a passion for digital teaching and learning. Having served educators in Massachusetts for over three decades, MassCUE provides rich professional development, networking and learning opportunities for all educators — ranging from classroom teachers, school-based administrators, technology and digital learning directors and superintendents.

    • METAA's mission is to unite Massachusetts PK–12 Educational Technology Administrators — public, private, independent, charter, parochial — into one professional association for the purpose of advocating for and supporting the vision, policies, practices, and funding for historical, current, and cutting edge technology within all aspects of teaching, learning, and professional productivity

  • MA Student Privacy Alliance
    • The Massachusetts Student Privacy Alliance is a collaboration of Massachusetts school districts that share common concerns around student privacy.

Last Updated: November 4, 2022

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