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GEAR 2 - Technology and Hardware Resources

Wisconsin Resources

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. 2016. Wisconsin E-rate and Broadband. (Accessed November 23, 2016)

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction site has a wealth of resources relative to E-rate including current timelines and deadlines, discount levels, tips for filling in the forms, and more.

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2017.  Data at DPI. (Accessed June 30, 2017)

        The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction site addresses the data ecosystem and interoperability components of the WISE tools.

Other Resources

Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). 2017. Working Strategically to Connect the K-12 Enterprise: Interoperability Standards for K-12 Education.  (Accessed June 30, 2017).

      This report explains the essential interoperability elements for a K-12 ecosystem. The CoSN web page offers additional materials and executive brief. 

State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA). 2016. The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning. (Accessed November 23, 2016)

This report gives recommendations to: increase infrastructure to support student-centered learning; design Infrastructure to meet capacity targets; ensure equity of access for all students outside of school; and leverage state resources to increase broadband access.

State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA). 2016. Building Your Roadmap to 21st Century Learning Environments. (Accessed November 23, 2016)

The Roadmap is a free planning tool for school leaders consisting of an interactive website, a detailed report, and an infographic. It is designed to help schools get the most value out of their investments in high-speed broadband and digital content by crafting a holistic strategy to create 21st century learning environments.

State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA). 2017. State Education Policy Center (SEPC). (Accessed November 23, 2016)

Provides details on state policies related to broadband, instructional materials, assessment, professional learning and state and district technology planning requirements. Users can access the content by state or by topic and full downloads are available for each topic.

Alliance for Excellent Education. 2014. Creating Anytime, Anywhere Learning for All Students: Key Elements of a Comprehensive Digital Infrastructure. (Accessed November 23, 2016)

Adopts a broad definition of digital infrastructure that includes professional learning, changes in pedagogy, parent and community engagement, and assessment and data systems.

Center for Digital Education. 2016. Creating a Sustainable 1:1 Device Program in K-12. (Accessed November 23, 2016)

Download this paper to learn the essential elements for developing an effective program, including how device types and features enhance student learning needs, how to successfully train and support teachers, and how to establish appropriate policies.

Alliance for Excellent Education. 2013. Avoiding the Pitfalls of Digital Deployments: Three Success Factors. (Accessed November 23, 2016)

This webinar features insight from successful district leaders on how to avoid pitfalls and disasters when embarking on digital learning efforts.

Consortium of School Networking (CoSN). 2016. Smart Education Networks by Design. (Accessed November 23, 2016)

The SEND Initiative developed guidelines for network design and a checklist for district networks.

International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). 2016. Student-Centered Learning. (Accessed November 23, 2016)

Functional Requirements for Integrated Systems to Optimize Learning.

IMS Global Learning Consortium. 2016. Suggested LTI® Requirements for RFP & Procurement Agreements. (Accessed November 23, 2016)

Presents basic background information on Learning Tools Interoperability® (LTI®), overview of versions and conformance standards, and sample RFP language when specifying LTI as part of the procurement process. The suggested RFP wording is intended for learning tools and/or Learning Management Systems (LMS). It is intended as a resource for IT organizations and procurement offices.

TechTarget Custom Media. 2015. Top 3 Ways to Modernize Your School District Network. (Accessed November 23, 2016)

This article examines the most important considerations in deciding upon a vendor to help you modernize and secure your school district network to facilitate a successful transition to a cloud-enabled digital curriculum.

Lean. 2016. What is Lean? (Accessed November 23, 2016)

LEI’s Co-Learning Partnerships focus on the Lean Transformation Model to help companies, divisions, and individuals to make things better.

US Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology. Building Technology Infrastructure for Learning. (Accessed August 14, 2017)

This guide reviews essential planning and budgeting material to create technology enriched learning environments.

For additional resources visit the framework page of Future Ready Schools.