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Essential Conditions
Necessary conditions to effectively leverage technology for learning:

Shared Vision

Proactive leadership in developing a shared vision for educational technology among all education stakeholders, including teachers and support staff, school and district administrators, teacher educators, students, parents, and the community

Empowered Leaders 

Stakeholders at every level empowered to be leaders in effecting change

Implementation Planning

A systemic plan aligned with a shared vision for school effectiveness and student learning through the infusion of information and communication technology (ICT) and digital learning resources

Consistent and Adequate Funding

Ongoing funding to support technology infrastructure, personnel, digital resources, and staff development

Equitable Access

Robust and reliable access to current and emerging technologies and digital resources, with connectivity for all students, teachers, staff, and school leaders

Skilled Personnel

Educators, support staff, and other leaders skilled in the selection and effective use of appropriate ICT resources

Ongoing Professional Learning

Technology-related professional learning plans and opportunities with dedicated time to practice and share ideas

Technical Support 

Consistent and reliable assistance for maintaining, 
renewing, and using ICT and digital learning resources 

Curriculum Framework

Content standards and related digital curriculum 
resources that are aligned with and support digital age 
learning and work 

Student-Centered Learning 

Planning, teaching, and assessment centered around 
the needs and abilities of students 

Assessment and Evaluation 

Continuous assessment of teaching, learning, and 
leadership, and evaluation of the use of ICT and digital 

Engaged Communities 

Partnerships and collaboration within communities to 
support and fund the use of ICT and digital learning 

Support Policies 

Policies, financial plans, accountability measures, 
and incentive structures to support the use of ICT 
and other digital resources for learning and in district 
school operations 

Supportive External Context 

Policies and initiatives at the national, regional, and 
local levels to support schools and teacher preparation 
programs in the effective implementation of technology 
for achieving curriculum and learning technology (ICT) 
6 Ways School Board
Members can Support Technology Implementation
  • 1. Invite educators to participate in regular board meetings to discuss digital learning activities.

  • 2. Organize classroom site visits or technology showcases so members can see digital learning in action.

  • 3. Create a clear and shared vision for digital learning with school district leaders — particularly the superintendent. Bring community and business leaders into the goal-setting process.

  • 4. Engage all stakeholders in the site development plan before investing in technology.

  • 5. Boldly explore ways to ensure equity of access so all students receive the opportunity for a technology-enriched learning experience. Ask about BYOD programs and how they can address this issue. Explore funding support through E-Rate and state grants, including the Michigan Technology Readiness Infrastructure Grant (TRIG).

  • 6. Evaluate policies to ensure necessary contingencies are in place to support ongoing professional development, a deeper focus on student-centered learning, leadership training and continued implementation planning.
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