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Technology Planning: Creating a Digital K-12 Environment

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The Process of Improving the Digital Learning Process

As K-12 schools prepare to enhance their digital learning environments, educators must take a comprehensive approach toward ensuring the right infrastructure, technology and training components are in place every step of the way.

A Guide to Mapping Your Future of Learning Journey



Start at the beginning. Get clarity around your existing education landscape and what it will take to modernize your learning platforms.

  • Envision your plan for the school and the district.
  • Assess specialized hardware and audio/video equipment requirements.
  • Identify tools and resources needed to achieve future-ready learning and the infrastructure to support them. 
  • Determine a standard format for content across all classes.
  • Engage your online content development team to make learning more effective.
  • Structure the learning program so students are focused on the task at hand.
  • Conduct assessments to determine rollout readiness.
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Pre- and During Implementation

Formulate a rollout plan. Be sure all departments and district entities are involved.

  • Clarify usage policies and restrictions.
  • Identify process owners and processes to ensure alignment to rollout readiness.
  • Develop and implement a communication plan to all stakeholders (why, how, what).
  • Provide professional learning aligned to rollout readiness (administration, staff, students, parents).
  • Determine security requirements (e.g., authentication, authorization) and SAML integration.
  • Assess from a cost perspective whether servers need to be up and running all the time.

Ongoing Maintenance

Now that your solution is in place, be sure your K-12 institution is ready to address any current changes or issues.

  • Consider managed services.
  • Measure ROI through analytics (device, usage, break/fix, implementation goals).
  • Follow up on all processes to ensure success/improvement areas are identified.
  • Survey students and administrators on what can be improved.
  • Optimize to create greater value for the end user (price/performance).
  • Maintain a DevOps-based mindset for updating the course content.
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IT Asset Management

Adopting education technology isn’t a linear process. It’s a cyclical endeavor that requires educators to prepare for future upgrades, technology advancements and more.

  • Ensure you have a documented process for device replacement or device additions.
  • Consider buyback options for older hardware.
  • Determine and act upon the optimum hardware refresh cycle for your technology platform.
  • Be prepared to address emerging technology developments around augmented reality, virtual reality and the Internet of Things.

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