The Future Ready Framework
Budget and Resources
The transition to digital learning will require strategic short-term and long-term budgeting and leveraging of resources. All budgets at the district and the school should be aligned to the new, personalized vision for learning, with consistent funding streams for both recurring and non-recurring costs to ensure sustainability. During the transition, district leaders should strive for cost-savings and efficiencies through effective uses of technology.
The elements that comprise this Gear are as follows:
- Efficiency and Cost Savings
- Alignment to District and School Plans
- Consistent Funding Streams
- Learning Return on Investment
The financial model should include the metrics and processes to ensure not only sustainability, but also accountability for learning returns on investments.
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Elements and Levels of Readiness
An effective budget development and review process is guided by a deep understanding of school finance at the District, State and Federal levels. Funding a digital learning environment requires strategic, short-term and long-term budgeting that leverages the use of learning-enabling technology and resources to optimize student learning. All budgets at the district and the school level are aligned in order to prioritize student learning and cost-efficiency, with consistent funding streams for both recurring and non-recurring costs. The District’s financial model includes the metrics and processes to determine Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for developing and sustaining the digital learning environment and to ensure accountability for determining learning Return On Investment (ROI).
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The Learning Accelerator and Getting Smart joined with DLN to update this popular guide. Version 2.0 reflects feedback from schools and districts, developments in the field, and new educational technology trends.
Digital Learning Now!; The Learning Accelerator; Getting Smart
The Guide to Implementing Digital Learning (GIDL) is a free web-based resource to support school and district leaders as they work to ensure that investments in digital learning spark positive results. GIDL includes six topic areas: planning, professional learning, content and software, broadband, devices and tech support. Each topic’s section includes background information, key considerations for implementation, resources and exemplars of digital learning in action.
State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)
This resource provides tips for district leaders who are managing network upgrades and helps ensure that district broadband infrastructure is digital learning ready.
Students and classrooms are growing more technologically savvy every semester, which presents you with an essential choice: Will you let these learning tools sit idle, or will you unleash the power of technology for your students and staff? Note: Not Free
Bruce Whitehead, Devon Jenson, and Floyd Boschee
Technology is more than just “Computer Class;” it is a literacy that must be threaded throughout the fabric of a school. In a 1:1 environment, you’re preparing students to be responsible citizens of the physical and digital worlds. But it’s easy to get overwhelmed with devices; you have to have a plan for technology that keeps learning at center stage. Note: Not Free
In order to successfully make the shift to digital learning, districts need to provide reliable student and educator access to technological resources. The challenge for many districts is how to make additional devices and infrastructure available in order to fill any technology gaps. Yet with this challenge comes tremendous opportunity.
New Jersey Department of Education