Robust Infrastructure – Investigating
Element: Adequacy of Devices; Quality and Availability
Description: The school has considered a host of creative options to ensure that diverse and appropriate technology devices are available to all students and staff to support powerful digital learning at any time, from any location.
Possible Next Step: As part of a needs assessment for learning technologies, district leaders evaluate proposed and anticipated uses and the technology devices that best accommodate those applications. Special attention is given to strategies that will allow for equitable access to devices for all in the school community.
Element: Robust Network Infrastructure
Description: Adequate bandwidth and a supportive infrastructure are in place to ensure ready and consistent access to online resources for teaching and learning. Teams monitor usage and identify possible bottlenecks prior to them affecting teaching and learning. Privacy, safety and security are primary concerns as well. The school community collaboratively designs responsible use policies, and confirm that the network design is supportive of these policies.
Possible Next Step: Technology leaders assess current network capabilities and future network needs, both at school and in the communities that they serve. Privacy, safety and security are primary concerns for this review along with Digital Age functionalities. They collaborate with parents, students, and staff members to research elements of a responsible use policy.
Element: Adequate and Responsive Support
Description: Sufficient technical and instructional support, characterized by a positive service orientation, is available in every school. This support is proactive, providing resources, coaching, and just-in-time instruction to prepare teachers and students to use new technologies, thereby reducing the need for interventions during the learning process.
Possible Next Step: District leaders examine desirable levels and methods for providing technology support, including needs assessment activities.
Element: Formal Cycle for Review and Replacement
Description: Teams continuously monitor technologies—software, hardware, and infrastructure—to ensure upgrades, additions, and, when called for, sunsetting/eliminations in a timely, environmentally responsible, and proactive manner.
Possible Next Step: Technology leaders investigate and model review and replacement policies. They conduct a comprehensive internal inventory and review disposal policies.