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Strategies to Make the Vision a Reality

Access to current technology

All students have access to current technology. Technology hardware and software are constantly evolving and shaping how we live and work. Students need access to technology that is currently in wide use in homes and workplaces.

Access to high-speed internet

Many education resources are available online, but without a strong connection to the internet it can be difficult to download or stream materials. All schools need access to high-speed internet and adequate bandwidth so students and teachers can simultaneously connect.

Seamless information and data systems

Educators and students need information and data systems that seamlessly connect educational resources, platforms to share student work, for students and teachers to keep track of the progress and systems to communicate information between stakeholders.

Support for educators to integrate technology

Educators need training to learn how to use a variety of educational technologies and time to integrate technology into their practice. This should begin in preparation programs and continue in ongoing professional learning opportunities.

The role of technology in educational transformation

Time, talent and technology-enabled learning environments all inform instruction, but are secondary to it. They are important elements, but they shouldn’t drive learning and instructional decisions. Instead, time, talent, and technology are flexible and dynamic tools to help educators create learning environments that lead to desired student outcomes. Technology should not lead the change, but it should enable teachers to personalize instruction or help a school realize its mission.

Current Status

Some districts have adopted Blended Learning and some are using the Flipped Classroom model. Also, because the state assessment is administered online, there has been a strong effort to improve access to computers and making sure students are accustomed to using computers. Almost every school in Connecticut has high-speed internet access. To assure equity of access beyond schools, students use libraries and other community facilities, wireless access in stores and restaurants. Efforts to expand high-speed, affordable access help ensure equitable access for all.