EdTech Planning 101 — TCEA21 Recap

Updated: Jul 9

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Session: EdTech Planning 101

Speaker: Tricia Umhafer, Teq Inc


Strategic Planning

  • Have a vision

  • What overarching goal do you want your district to achieve in the next 3-5 years?

  • Get buy-in from the community (e.g. staff, teachers, parents, etc.)

  • Will students and teachers want to use the technology that the district is looking to buy?

  • Consider the needs of your district's in-person, online, and blended learning models

  • Optimize for compatibility of new learning technologies with your current infrastructure and other intended new purchases

Infrastructure plan for K12 school districts.
Source: Office of Educational Technology - Department of Education

Reduce the Digital Divide

  • Design your digital programs for all types of learners

  • Keep in mind accessibility and providing accommodations for students that need it

  • Ideally, the school issues devices since there are potential issues with BYOD

  • Not all students can afford their own devices in BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

  • Students with newer, high tech devices may have better access to digital curriculum than others

  • School-issued devices even the playing field by keeping the digital experience consistent between different families

  • Make sure technology is easy to use for families and students

  • Is there Single Sign-On (SSO) to reduce barriers and encourage parent involvement?

  • Are instructions given to families available in multiple languages?

  • Is there technical support from vendors that educators and parents can refer to?


Digital Use Divide


Promote active use of digital devices instead of passive use. Design your technology curriculum to require students to create or interact with digital content instead of a one-way consumption of digital media.

Passive vs active use of digital devices.
Source: Office of Educational Technology - Department of Education

For a comprehensive education technology plan, refer to the 2017 National Education Technology Plan (NETP) by the Department of Education.


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