Instructional Technology - Federal Program and E-Rate

2017 National Education Technology Plan

The 2017 National Education Technology Plan, Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education, articulates a vision of equity, active use, and collaborative leadership to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible.

While acknowledging the continuing need to provide greater equity of access to technology itself, the plan goes further to call upon all involved in American education to ensure equity of access to transformational learning experiences enabled by technology. The principles and examples provided in this document align to the Activities to Support the Effective Use of Technology (Title IV A) of Every Student Succeeds Act as authorized by Congress in December 2015.

Download a copy of the 2017 Plan or view the online version.

View the previous 2010 National Education Technology Plan


School District Technology Plans

With the recent E-Rate Modernization Order, the federal government no longer requires a 3-year technology plan. For now, the state has removed this requirement also. However, we do recommend that districts continue with the practice of creating a three-year technology plan. Below are the previous minimum requirements for a good technology plan.

Previous 13 Minimum Requirements

  1. Strategies for improving academic achievement and teacher effectiveness – a description of how the applicant will use Ed Tech funds to improve the academic achievement, including technology literacy, of all students attending schools served by the LEA and to improve the capacity of all teachers in schools served by the LEA to integrate technology effectively into curriculum and instruction.

  2. Goals - a description of the applicant’s specific goals, aligned with challenging State standards, for using advanced technology to improve student academic achievement.

  3. Steps to increase accessibility - a description of the steps the applicant will take to ensure that all students and teachers have increased access to technology.  The description must include how the applicant will use Ed Tech funds to help students in high-poverty and high-needs schools, or schools identified for improvement or corrective action under section 1116 of Title I, and to help ensure that teachers are prepared to integrate technology effectively into curricula and instruction.

  4. Promotion of curricula and teaching strategies that integrate technology -- a description of how the applicant will identify and promote curricula and teaching strategies that integrate technology effectively into curricula and instruction, based on a review of relevant research and leading to improvements in student academic achievement.

  5. Professional development - a description of how the applicant will provide ongoing, sustained professional development for teachers, principals, administrators, and school library media personnel to further the effective use of technology in the classroom or library media center.

  6. Technology type and costs - a description of the type and costs of technology to be acquired with Ed Tech funds, including provisions for interoperability of components on a 3-year basis.

  7. Coordination with other resources - a description of how the applicant will coordinate activities funded through the Ed Tech program with technology-related activities supported with funds from other sources.

  8. Integration of technology with curricula and instruction - a description of how the applicant will integrate technology (including software and electronically delivered learning materials) into curricula and instruction, and a timeline for this integration.

  9. Innovative delivery strategies - a description of how the applicant will encourage the development and use of innovative strategies for the delivery of specialized or rigorous courses and curricula through the use of technology, including distance learning technologies, particularly in areas that would not otherwise have access to such courses or curricula due to geographical distances or insufficient resources.

  10. Parental involvement - a description of how the applicant will use technology effectively to promote parental involvement and increase communication with parents, including a description of how parents will be informed of the technology used.

  11. Collaboration with adult literacy service providers - a description of how the program will be developed, where applicable, in collaboration with adult literacy service providers.

  12. Accountability measures - a description of the process and accountability measures that the applicant will use to evaluate the extent to which activities funded under the program are effective in integrating technology into curricula and instruction, increasing the ability of teachers to teach, and enabling students to reach challenging State academic standards.

  13. Supporting resources - a description of the supporting resources, such as services, software, other electronically delivered learning materials, and print resources, that will be acquired to ensure successful and effective uses of technology.

Children's Internet Protection Act

FCC CIPA Consumer Facts

New guidance from the Federal Communications Commission clarifies new CIPA requirements related to Internet safety policy. Under the new law, school districts must update their Internet safety policies on or before July 1, 2012.

These policies must provide:
  • Education for minors about appropriate online behavior, which includes interaction with people on social networking sites and in chat rooms.
  • Evidence of programs that raise awareness of, and respond to, cyberbullying.

Additional curriculum resources can be found at:

Common Sense Media:
Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.

i-SAFE America Foundation:
Resources for teachers, students and parents

Created by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA)
Interactive safety resource that teaches kids and teens how to stay safe on the Internet

Web Wise Kids:
Computer simulation and board game for children to learn about Internet danger (game available to schools and families)

National Crime Prevention Council:
McGruff the Crime Dog “Take a Bite out of Crime”
Addresses issues of drinking, drugs, guns, conflict, and bullies through a series for comic strips


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Last updated on July 1, 2019