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ERIC Number: ED569227
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
State Digital Learning Exemplars: Highlights from States Leading Change through Policies and Funding
Acree, Lauren; Fox, Christine
State Educational Technology Directors Association
States are striving to support the expansion of technology tools and resources in K-12 education through state policies, programs, and funding in order to provide digital learning opportunities for all students. This paper highlights examples of states with policies in support of five key areas: (1) innovative funding streams and policy; (2) digital content; (3) human capacity; (4) network infrastructure; and (5) data management and privacy. While there has been progress toward digital learning nationwide, several states have emerged as leaders in embracing digital learning via state policies and practices in all five areas mentioned above: Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Utah. This report also highlights other states with significant progress in at least one of the specific five areas. Some critical areas for consideration that emerged include: (1) state investment in funding and policy; (2) digital content; (3) development of human capacity; (4) systemic approach to networks and infrastructure; and (5) student data and privacy. Leadership at the state level is paramount. Without strong leaders crafting a vision, which includes all five focus areas described in this report, statewide progress toward digital learning is difficult. As policymakers consider investments in technological tools and resources, they should also consider their broader vision for digital learning for their students. Contains endnotes.
State Educational Technology Directors Association. P.O. Box 10, Glen Burnie, MD 21060. Tel: 410-757-3342; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA); North Carolina State University, William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
Identifiers - Location: United States