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Ed 306 Minimum Standards for Public School Approval

  • Ed 306.05 School Philosophy, Goals, and Objectives
  • Ed 306.08 Instructional Resources
  • Ed 306.141 Basic Instructional Standards
  • Ed 306.24 Assessment
  • Ed 306.261 Kindergarten - Grade 8 School Curriculum
  • Ed 306.271 High School Curriculum, Credits, Graduation Requiremen ts, and Cocurricular Program
  • Ed 306.421 Information and Communication Technologies Program


  • With the modernization of the E-Rate Program, the emphasis was shifted to providing Affordable access to high speed broadband for schools and libraries. There is funding to support broadband services and internal connections. There is a greater emphasis on digital technologies and a phasing down of support for legacy services such as telephone and non-broadband related services.



Mission and Vision

Engaging and Inspiring Learning Powered by Technology

The challenging and rapidly changing demands of our global economy tell us what people need to know and who needs to learn. Advances in learning sciences show us how people learn. Technology makes it possible for us to act on this knowledge and understanding. - The National Educational Technology Plan

The introductory pages of your plan should include a cover page, followed by information about the planning committee, district demographics and your mission, and a statement indicating the technology vision for which the plan is intended to address. The mission and vision are the guiding statements of the plan and should align to challenging local, state, and federal standards, initatives, and best practices. Everything else in the plan should focus back on the mission and vision your school has for teaching and learning that is powered by technology.

Initial Considerations

Establishing your Technology Planning Committee

The technology plan should developed by a robust variety of individual committee members that represent a variety of stakeholder groups. Include their name, their position and/or the stakeholder group they represent in your plan. For example:

  • Susan Afshourian, Principal, Sunny Side Elementary
  • Walter Zellwiger, School Board Member
  • Alfonso Franks, Grade 6 Teacher
  • Haleh Trasker, Library Media Specialist
  • Resta Shoored, Technology Director
  • Veronica Marshall, Parent
  • Stan Livingston, High School Teacher
  • Francis Norman Stein , Town Selectman

This is a group of stakeholders from the school district which should not only be representative of a particular viewpoint, but also acting in the capacity of liaison between the technology planning committee and their constituents in the school or community. A few more things to consider:

  • Committee should be tasked with not only developing a technology plan, but also its implementation and evaluation.
  • Committee should be of a manageable size, but have enopuhg members to be able to develop, implement, and evaluate the plan.
  • Committee should work collaboratively with a local educational improvement plan (LEIP) committee, or in unison with other school community building committees.
  • Committee should have technology savvy teachers, parents, etc. as well as non-technology oriented members.
  • Committee should prepare a report on the effectiveness of the plan at the end of the cycle that can be used to develop a new technology plan in the next cycle.
  • Committee should develop plans in 3 year cycles. Individual goals may be completed in less time, but the overall plan should provide optimum time span to move the district forward, evaluate and tweak, and prepare for the next planning cycle. Plans that span longer may run the risk of becoming inrelevant in the face of new technologies

District Mission Statement

The district mission statement should provides a succinct descriptive paragraph of what the school community believes it wants to accomplish as it educates its children. This is not just a mission statement about technology, but rather a broad district level statement. Whether the district mission statement includes a reference to technology or not, chances are, the mission somehow will involve the use of information and communication technologies. Consider how technology supports the mission and use that support as the basis of your technology planning.

Technology Vision

The technology vision statement provides a clear, concise, and realistic statement of how technology fits into the district and supports its mission. The vision statement gives a more detailed and focused description and methodology for how technology will support the school district in fulfilling its mission. Consider the following questions when formulating the technology vision statement:

  • How will technology help you to get there?
  • In what ways does technology help you accomplish your mission?
  • What does the future learning environment in your district look like?

District Description

All districts are unique in one way or another. Develop a short description of the district, including demographics of the community and of all the schools within the district. A few sentences with census, testing, graduation rates, and other data will help provide the committee and the public with context for your technology plan mission and vision.


Proclaiming Your Dream: Developing Vision and Mission Statements (Community Toolbox)

Developing a Vision and a Mission (ASCD)

Vision and Mission (Center for School Change)

Develop Vision and Mission Statements (South Central Comprehensive Center)

5 steps to creating a unified school vision statement (Marygrove College)

School Mission Statements: Where Is Your School Going? (Education World)

Critical Issue: Building a Collective Vision (NCREL)

Summary of the E-Rate Modernization Order (FCC)


technology planning resources for new hampshire educators
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Resources Available from US DoE

US DOE Office of Educational Technology

National Educational Technology Plan

Building Technology Infrastructure for Learning

E-Rate Program - Federal Communications Commission

E-Rate for Schools and Libraries - USAC

Ed Tech Developer's Guide


Resources from SETDA

State Educational Directors Association Resources

Guide to Technology Requirements

Guide to Implementing Digital Learning

State Education Policy Center

Roadmap for 21st Century Learning Environments

Additional Resources

APP-a-pedia The encyclopedia of educational mobile apps, smart tools, and other gadgets.

iNACOL The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) catalyzes the transformation of K-12 education policy and practice to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences.

ISTE The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) serves educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world.





Resources Available on NHEON

NH Esri GIS State Consortium

SketchUp Pro State Licensing

Speak Up Survey

Professional Development

Office of Educational Technology

Internet Safety and Digital Citienship

National Collaborative for Digital Equity

Digital Learning Day

NH Digital Resources Consortium

ET News

Online Learning in NH

ISTE Standards

OPEN NH Courses to Improve Technology Integration

Future Ready Schools New Hampshire

#GoOpen New Hampshire

New Hampshire School Connectivity Initiative





Resources Available from NH DoE

Minimum Standards for School Approval

NH College and Career Ready Standards

NH DOE Office of Educational Technology

ICT Literacy Toolkit

NH E-Rate Program Information

NH Vision 2.0

The New Hampshire Network




Last updated July 31, 2017

The ICT Literacy Toolkit is supported by the Office of Educational Technology at the New Hampshire Department of Education.