A district’s shared vision and goals for technology guide the development of a balanced, inclusive technology infrastructure that includes assistive technology, educational technology, and information technology. The goal of the technology infrastructure is to provide all students and educators in the district with an inclusive system that supports learning wherever and whenever that learning takes place. The National Education Technology Plan identifies several components as essential for a technology infrastructure capable of supporting transformational learning experiences for all students. In a balanced system, the role of powerful learning devices and high-quality digital learning content have specific considerations to ensure technology is interoperable in the infrastructure for students with disabilities and that accessibility is a measurement of what constitutes high-quality educational materials.
No one title (i.e., CIO, CTO) or department can be solely responsible for creating a balanced inclusive technology ecosystem. Leaders recognize that when developing a technology infrastructure, EdTech and AT staff participate in all technology-related decisions, from how technology is funded to how technology is used for learning. When changes occur, shared decision-making ensures that others are ready to step in to prevent the inclusive infrastructure from collapsing.
Guidance for SEA and LEA Purchasing Agents (AEM Center at CAST)
Guide to EdTech Procurement (Digital Learning Now!)
Digital Accessibility Toolkit: What Education Leaders Need to Know (AIR/Center on Technology and Disability)