I second Lucie's comment. It's not about the technology but how it can support digital teaching and learning.  Technology/Content/Pedagogy aren't exclusive of each other and need to be considered together when planning...educators, IT, admin, curriculum coaches, should be at the table. 

Elizabeth McCarthy, MAT
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On Thu, Oct 1, 2015 at 11:27 AM, Lucie deLaBruere <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I actually miss the early tech planning days with Frank Watson, Bill Rommond, where teachers from the trenches were part of the process of envisioning the possibilities  for our kids/schools.  #justsaying

On Thu, Oct 1, 2015 at 10:19 AM, Drescher, Peter <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hi all...


Still some internal discussion on this point here at AOE.. tying it to an existing required plan...instead of requiring a stand-alone tech plan.


BUT,  here is where it stands at this point:


First, some facts and clarification:


1.        E-rate no longer requires technology plans.   We had based our requirement of those on the Federal requirement tied to E-rate.  This was also tied into Title IID which provided some of our Ed Tech funding too.  The new E-rate Modernization was where and when this “let go” of tech plans took place.  Title IID tanked in 2011. 

2.       That said, I do feel a process should remain in place at the Vermont State level to have some form of planning document at the local level that lays out a clear planning process for a continued focus on planning for learning with technology.  I don’t believe it should be a stand-alone “technology plan”. 

3.       All plans on file from 2012 (and some later) are “valid” until June of 2016. 


We wrote technology plans for the past 10 years.. and in the end, they generally were lists of things and equipment that were desired.  There was a requirement to indicate the professional development and the ways the technology could transform the educational environment, but that was often not tied to anything tangible or learning outcome oriented.  It was stand-alone workshops during in-services that may or may not have took.   Our work with CFP and Title IID gave us a monitoring arm on the tech plans and for the most part folks were following what was written, though often that was very general.   I think what would serve us better moving forward are learning plans that indicate how technology helps us achieve much more tangible goals in that realm.   

That said.. you probably have those kinds of plans in another format at your SU or school already... the school improvement plan, the strategic plan, the five year plan, etc. etc.   How can we leverage a learning with technology element into those plans.  


What I would like to do instead:

I’d like to bring together a small group of individuals and craft some guiding questions and some format that Supervisory Unions or unified districts could embark on to get the most from a planning process as we move forward into the 21st century, especially in a field that is now changing so rapidly.   I think a brief document


I plan to do this during this month, virtually, with perhaps one in-person meeting.   I have identified those individuals but would be open to others who might have an interest in this.  I am also crafting a survey to see what “elements” make the most sense in this process. Will get this out in the next couple of weeks.   


For now, the tech plan document on our website is a fine document with lots of input from the field.  You could easily structure much of your planning using that resource.  In the end, you should tie any tech planning to your local initiatives to make the most sense.   There is also a role here for the Education Quality Standards to be incorporated as well.    We are discussing ways to structure EQR, or Education Quality Review to address this area as well.

Whatever you are doing, make sure it ties to your learning outcomes you have for students. 


General trends you should consider:  (nationally and in VT)

Making one to one or full time access to technology possible for students should be a significant goal

Moving services, apps, etc. to the cloud is a growing trend—reduces time in front of a server and allows for remote access for practicality.

A mix of devices is becoming the norm—moving away from standardizing one platform—the world does not work that way and neither should your schools.

Finding ways to incorporate mentoring models and more innovative ways for teachers to share and learn is key


More on this later..












Peter Drescher

Education Technology Coordinator

Vermont Agency of Education

Transformation and Innovation Division

219 N. Main St. Suite 402,

Barre VT 05641

Ph.: 802.479.1169


Twitter: VTED_Technology



From: School Information Technology Discussion [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Raymond Ballou
Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 9:02 AM
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Dear Patricia (and I see Craig just posted)


Our two SUs  WNWSU and OWSU are merging come next July and in part of that transition we are also updating out Tech Plans.


So we are looking for guidance from the state and to also kill two birds with one stone, to make sure ours is state compliant.


Agreed, multiyear.






I think it is an important way to share the larger vision for an SU or school district in addition to each school level multi-year plan.  


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