Robust Infrastructure – Staging


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: The district is well staged to deploy identified technologies, with plans for budgeting and purchasing, placement/distribution, and training and support.

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 are staged to roll out a robust network infrastructure that anticipates learning needs and facilitates access anytime and anywhere. This infrastructure meets or exceeds all standards for safety, privacy and security. A responsible use policy is completed and accepted by the entire school community.

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 are staged for a program of comprehensive, learning-centered, and proactive support.

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 prepare a comprehensive plan that documents and updates policies, current inventories; defines upgrade and replacement schedules; identifies annual budgets; and outlines an environmentally responsible disposal policy.