The Future Ready Framework

Budget and Resources

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.
Education Superhighway

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
Andrew Marcinek

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

This resource, a letter from the U.S Department of Education, is a letter providing examples of how to leverage ESEA and IDEA Funds for Digital Teaching and Learning.
US Department of Education

“Improving Ed-Tech Purchasing” is a new report from Digital Promise and the Education Industry Association that identifies the key obstacles and potential solutions for the procurement of K-12 personalized learning tools. The Johns Hopkins University Center for Research and Reform in Education surveyed district leaders, educators, and learning technology developers from across the country for this study, with a subset participating in in-depth interviews.
Digital Promise

These case studies examine four school districts of varying sizes and settings from California, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Utah. Users can also request access to the TCO tool to determine their own district’s data.

CoSN’s leadership initiative, SmartIT, assists technology leaders who are constantly working to strategically plan and manage IT investments. This strategy paper focuses on demonstrating a return on investment (ROI), saving money through sustainable practices, and connecting and aligning financial leadership.