Policy and Leadership

Exciting changes are taking place in education, requiring sound policy and strong leadership that focuses school technology-use on instruction and equity. This toolkit is designed to help school leaders evaluate current policies and considers what might be necessary in order to keep pace in this rapidly evolving world.

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All Policy and Leadership toolkit files

A zip file containing all the downloadable files listed below.

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AUP Examples

Download the attached PDF that links to a variety of Acceptable Use Policies that focus on student learning.

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Technology Plan Examples

The attached PDF contains links to a variety of technology plans from districts accross the United States that represent both Rural and Urban School Districts.

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Flipped Classroom Policy Implications

Educators interested in ways to use technology to improve student learning are exploring the idea of a "flipped" classroom. This resource provides additional detail on what the flipped approach entails and policies that impact.

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Introduction to Project Red

Project Red is a coalition of research organizations focused on supporting school leaders in the effective use of technology to improve teaching and learning, specifically through one-to-one computing programs. 

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Making the Right Technology Decisions for your District

As laptops, smartphones, and tablets become more available and cost-effective, one-to-one computing is becoming a more viable option for many school districts. The success of one-to-one computing depends on several issues that must be addressed through research and policy considerations.

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Policy Presentation for School Boards

Download this sample presentation file (Microsoft PowerPoint*) that you can modify and adapt for your own use

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Policy Presentation for Administrators

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Policy Presentation for Staff and Faculty

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Policy Presentation for Parents

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1Two1 in Richland County School District Two

Thoughtful planning and organization, a focus on equity, and choosing the right device were keys to a successful 1:1 for this South Carolina district.

Teamwork Takes This Texas District’s 1:1 Program to the Next Level

It’s been several years since we first profiled Klein ISD’s one-to-one program. In this update we look at what’s happened over eight years in this pioneering district.

1:1 Laptops Set the Stage for District-Wide Innovation

Twelve years ago, Roanoke County Public Schools (RCPS) in Virginia handed out Dell laptops to the ninth-grade students at its new high school and students attending the Engineering Academy. Today, all 5,000 high school students and 1,400 teachers in the district are part of the Dell Latitude 1:1 program.

Community Support and Personalized Learning in Clear Creek ISD

Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD) in Texas began its 1:1 initiative in a thoughtful and careful manner, by involving community members in the planning process, investing heavily in professional learning, and gradually phasing in devices across the district.

A District CIO Shares 10 Keys to One-to-One Success

HP 2 in 1 devices, comfy student workspaces, extensive professional development, and a commitment to continuous improvement all characterize Tippecanoe School Corporation’s successful approach to technology in education.

A One-to-One District Eight Years Later

Debbie Rice, of Auburn City Schools in Alabama, talks about her district’s choice of HP 2 in 1 devices; effective professional development; and how to sustain one-to-one.

Planning + PD = One-to-One Success in MO District

Michael Mason, superintendent of Reeds Spring School District in Missouri, doesn’t remember exactly when he knew a one-to-one program was in his district’s future, but he thinks it probably happened three years ago. “Some schools in our area were discussing 1:1 and I thought it was time to start talking about it with my colleagues. What would it look like? How would we do it?” he explains. 

Crescent Public Schols' One-to-One Laptops

The Crescent Public School District in central Oklahoma that serves about 600 students in a population with 60% eligible for free or reduced lunch hosts a one-to-one laptop program for its middle and high school students. 

Providing Rural Students Access to Technology

Faced with the decline of the local textile industry, in 2009 the rural Piedmont City School district in northeastern Alabama, began MPower, a program to provide laptops to all students in Grades 4-12.

One-to-One in the Asheboro City Schools

According to a state web site, “The guiding mission of the North Carolina State Board of Education is that every public school student will graduate from high school, globally competitive for work and postsecondary education, and prepared for life in the 21st century.”

Thinking Outside of the Box, v2.0

Is your organization innovative? David Jakes examines the necessary shift needed for being an innovative school. 

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Removing Roadblocks

For true innovation to take place, leaders need to build a culture of support for teachers. View Donna Tueber's valuable tips for bringing the right culture into being.

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Making Progress on Data Privacy

It is the time of year for celebrating successes of all kinds and particularly in one area greatly impacting students and parents. Read as Bob Moore looks at the progress recently gained in the area of privacy and security of student and staff data. 

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Educational Leadership in the 21st Century

In this webinar, from the Intel® Engage Community, the Intel Teach Elements: Educational Leadership in the 21st Century professional development course is showcased in order to help to deepen your understanding of leadership in the 21st century.

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Free Webinars from Intel Teachers Engage

The following webinars -- focusing on the maker movement, preparing for technology in 2025, and the dangers of app overload -- all took place in May, 2015, and are available on demand.

 

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The Value of Messaging in Educational Change

Sharing the good news and benefits of educational initiatives with parents and the school community is important. Readily available communication avenues today include the uses of web, social media and online presentations. See insights including a list of supporting resources from Donna Teuber. 

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Are You Locking-Down Your Devices or Locking-Out Your Students?

Taking a close look at our policies means making sure that we are not locking out learning. Read Bob Moore's advice for creating an environment that provides more freedom for learning to teachers and students. 

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Avoid Technology PR Nightmares in Academia

Save your school or district from publicity nightmares. Read this list of practical technology tips from Elliott Levine and maintain the school's reputation, stakeholder relationships and much more. 

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Open Access for Personalizing Learning

Making Personalized Learning come true means assuring immediate, real-time student access to a world of tools and content. Read Donna Teuber's guidelines for schools navigating policy and procedure changes when moving to blended learning models.

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School CIO Priorities for 2015

What priorities do School CIOs need to prioritize in 2015? Read Bob Moore's high level view of factors essential to today's digital learning environments. 

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Introducing the New RFP Toolkit!

As many educators and administrators can attest, RFP could very well stand for Really Frustrating Process. But the process of developing and distributing a Request for Proposal is valuable. The new RFP Toolkit will help make the process simpler and more straightforward, so you can find the best vendor for your school’s unique needs.