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Budgeting Tools and Resources for Transformative Education

Research-Based Literature Review on Digital Learning Funding

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. 2016. Wisconsin Online and Blended Learning Guide. (Accessed November 21, 2016)

A cross-agency resource for districts to understand the policy, research, practice and funding components to implement online and blended learning. In addition, DPI staff have created online assurances and key planning resources for districts as they consider options that relate to serving a wide variety of students.

United States Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology, Dear Colleague Letter on January 18, 2017 . (Accessed January 29, 2017).

      The Dear Colleague letter explains the opportunities for integrated budgeting across all of the title programs for data, digital learning, infrastructure, data privacy (inclusive of data privacy, cybersecurity, and digital citizenship), hardware, digital resources and professional learning.

Scholastic. 2013. 10 Lessons from the Best District in the Country. (Accessed February 10, 2017)

Mooresville’s Mark Edwards describes how it took his district five years to become an overnight success.

CoSN. 2013. Strategic Realigning and Reallocating Financial Resources For A Digital Conversion. (Accessed February 15, 2017)

Webinar featuring four school districts discussing how they implemented a digital conversion.

Digital Learning Series. 2013. Quakertown Community School District: A Systematic Approach to Blended Learning That Focuses on District Leadership, Staffing, and Cost-Effectiveness. (Accessed February 4, 2017)

This interactive video profile of the Quakertown Community School District (QCSD) is the first of a series about how district and school leaders are working to improve student learning outcomes through the effective use of digital learning.

Innosight Institute. 2012. Classifying K-12 Blended Learning. (Accessed January 25, 2017)

Summarizes four overarching models of blended learning.

US Department of Education. 2016. Use of Technology in Teaching and Learning. (Accessed January 31, 2017)

Describes and gives examples of how technology creates fundamental structural changes that can be integral to achieving significant improvements in productivity in both teaching and learning.

Project Red. 2014. Revolutionizing Education: What We’re Learning from Technology-Transformed Schools. (Accessed January 7, 2017).

This e-book shares the keys to successful technology implementations in areas including curriculum, leadership, funding, and legislation

EdNET Insight. 2010. How Two Districts Are Using Technology to Improve Outcomes and Cut Costs: Models for Success From Project Red. (Accessed January 30, 2017)

Provides an overview of two districts in different parts of the country who chose to examine the way learning is delivered in their districts and how they have enjoyed both improved learning outcomes and positive economic impacts.

District 219. 2009. 219 Anywhere Anytime Learning Plan. (Accessed February 10, 2017).

A planning document for anywhere, anytime learning in District 219 Niles Township High School District. 2013. District 207 replacing textbooks with Chromebooks. (Accessed February 12, 2017).

Provides a summary of how Maine Township High School District 207 freshman and sophomore students purchased Google Chromebooks from the district as part of a program that would eventually eliminate the need for physical textbooks in the classroom. 2012. Laptops For Every Student At West Suburban High School District. (Accessed February 10, 2017)

Provides a summary of how Leyden High School District 212 provided Chromebooks for 3,500 students.

EdTech Magazine. Fall 2013. 5 Reasons Chromebooks Make Sense for Schools. (Accessed February 8, 2017)

An analysis of the advantages of Chromebooks for K-12 education.

Education Week. 2014. Unfazed, Houston Pushes Ahead on 1-1 Computing. (Accessed January 23, 2017)

A report of how a Houston, Texas district will fund its 1-to-1 program, dubbed PowerUp, with re-purposed savings, operating dollars, and grant funds.

United States Department of Education. 2017. Office of the Secretary of Education - Federal Tech Funds (Accessed February 18, 2017)

Provides some examples of how funds from ESEA (Titles I, II, III) and IDEA may support the use of technology to improve instruction and student outcomes. Dear Colleague letters are written as guidance for state education agencies to provide guidance and support for local education agencies.

Mind/Shift. 2014. How BYOD Programs Can Fuel Inquiry Learning, (Accessed February 3, 2017)

An article that describes how mobile technology will help shift instruction to be more collaborative, learner-driven and inquiry-based.

Center for Digital Education. 2016. Guide to Choosing Digital Content and Curriculum. (Accessed February 9, 2017)

This guide is intended to help districts address challenges of moving from a print-based to a digital-based curriculum. It provides context, effective practices, and resources and is divided into sections for planning, understanding digital content and curriculum options, and implementing with fidelity.