The goal of any educational technology system is for students and educators to be able to use robust, comprehensive technology where and when it is needed for learning. Building and sustaining a robust infrastructure includes serious attention to the hardware, software and connectivity that are selected and used across the district. Areas identified in the NETP as essential components of an infrastructure capable of supporting transformational learning experiences are ubiquitous connectivity, powerful learning devices, high-quality digital learning content, all guided by responsible use policies. A synergized and inclusive technology infrastructure that includes assistive technology, educational technology, and information technology will have a focus on accessibility across selection, acquisition, and use of technology within all policies and programs.
Infrastructure from the National Education Technology Plan that we’re examining for inclusion in the CITES Framework are:
- Develop a robust, comprehensive infrastructure through accessibility and inclusivity.
- Acquire technology that includes options for the broadest range of variability.
- Acquire technology that is interoperable with assistive technology devices.
- Ensure accessibility as part of defining high-quality content.
Across these practices, technology as part of an inclusive technology infrastructure has the potential to improve outcomes for every learner.