The Agency's Educational Technology program works to provide guidance in policy and practice related to implementing Digital Learning programs at schools. Some of the areas of focus include providing vision on sound education technology practices through the State Digital Learning Plan, leveraging broadband acquisition, providing information on E-rate and other federal funding programs, bringing opportunities for expanded learning with technology to schools, keeping schools abreast of promising trends and maintaining a sound working relationship with educators on the local level. A noted focus is on providing opportunities for ways technology can support aspects of Act 77, an Act related to providing flexible pathways for learning for all students. Follow Educational Technology on Twitter.
- Educate Innovate Grant
- Annual Technology Survey
- GoOpen Initiative
- Digital Learning Plans
- State Education Technology Directors Association
- Student Data Privacy
- Technology Funding
- Press Release: Vermont Lottery and Agency of Education Partner for Fourth Round ofTech Grants
- Educate Innovate Grant Application
The Annual Education Technology Survey is required of all Vermont schools in order to collect important data about many aspects of the education technology landscape in our schools. The Annual Technology Survey is open through the month of June each year. This is a required survey and is to be answered on the school level for each public school in Vermont. This information is used by legislators, state and local policymakers and is regularly referenced in both state and national press with regards to Vermont’s status around education technology.
- View the Questions on the Technology Survey
- Take the 2018 Annual Technology Survey (Responses due by June 30, 2018)
- Annual Technology Survey Results 2017
The AOE is committed to supporting school districts and educators transitioning to the use of high-quality, openly licensed educational resources (OER) in their schools.
Recently, OER Commons was contracted by the AOE to help Vermont's education community collect, disseminate, and catalog Open Education Resources. Our partnership with OER Commons will include some professional development in the form of a train the trainer model. A full roll-out of this work will begin in the Fall 2017. If you are interested in being an “Ambassador” and be more involved in this initiative, please email Peter Drescher or call (802) 479-1169.
- Press Release: Vermont Joins National #GoOpen Initiative
The Agency of Education thanks all those individuals who submitted comments on the state Digital Learning Plan. The comment period ended on September 29, 2017. You can review the draft Vermont's statewide 2018 - 2021 Digital Learning Plan. The final state-level plan will be released in January 2018.
As of late October 2017, local digital learning plans are no longer required. It is, however, suggested that SU/SD’s create a local digital learning plan, which focuses on local needs and less about compliance to any state-level request. The state Digital Learning Plan contains a template section for those wanting to draft a local Digital Learning Plan.
The local level Digital Learning Plan is an amendment to the previous Technology Plan requirement. The Agency of Education still sees value in having Supervisory Unions, Unified Districts and Supervisory Districts create and turn in a three-year plan for how technology will support learning. These new plans should be on a three-year cycle to keep abreast of the rapidly changing landscape in education technology. To reiterate, plans are no longer required by the Agency of Education. If your SU/SD decides to draft a local Digital Learning and you need support, please contact Peter Drescher for assistance.
The State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA), has released a comprehensive resource meant to guide schools towards the implementation of digital learning across all grade levels. Personnel at the Agency of Education played a role in some of the resources and guidance provided by this resource. The AOE fully supports and encourages schools to look closely at the various sections within this resource to gain valuable insight in how to implement a digital learning solution at local schools.
The Vermont Agency of Education has partnered with the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC), a collection of states that are building awareness around the important topic of keeping student (and parent) data secure in school environments. To that end, the SDPC has created a database of negotiated contracts between vendors of online services and local LEA’s. Vermont is now an official partner of this consortium and has its own site where VT districts may join the effort and utilize the database. The contracts are specific to the disposition of data within the app or service helps to keep personally identifiable data safe in schools. This work also deals with the disposition of that same data when companies (and their apps) are bought out or cease to exist. The Agency of Education strongly recommends that this work not happen in isolation and that local legal personnel are involved in reviewing any local contracts that become part of the Vermont database. There will be a series of informational webinars beginning in August and into Fall, to help LEA’s understand how these tools can be useful, and keep student data safe online. For more information, contact Peter Drescher at email@example.com or 802-479-1169.
The Universal Service Program for Schools and Libraries, also known as the E-rate program, makes telecommunications and information services more affordable for schools and libraries in America. Mandated by Congress in 1996 and implemented by the Federal Communications Commission in 1997, the E-rate program provides discounted telecommunications, internet access, and internal connections to eligible schools and libraries, funded by the Universal Service Fund. All schools are eligible, the amount of funding is related to the local Free and Reduced lunch programs.
E-rate Modernization, from 2014, provides significantly more funding and opportunities for schools to benefit around internal connections. Wifi in particular is a focus of support and schools should look carefully at options for funding opportunities. The Agency of Education is a resource on all things E-rate and encourages all schools to apply to the program.
Update on the E-Rate Program
On February 6, 2017, a webinar was conducted to share news and views on the 2017 E-rate season. The approximately one-hour-long E-Rate webinar is available for your review. Topics covered included a brief primer for those new to E-Rate and then some general information on new rulings and possible changes we might see in the future with the leadership change at the FCC. Expertise was provided from a number of sources and good questions were posed by participants.
Related to E-rate, the Agency of Education embarked upon its own state-level 470 process in the Spring of 2011 on behalf of all schools in the state. This process resulted in Education Networks of America (ENA) being selected to provide broadband access for schools that wish to avail themselves of the service. Schools are free to take advantage of this contract on their own behalf. This process fulfills the bidding process for schools and there is no need to file their own 470 if they choose to avail themselves of ENA’s services under this contract.
Contract Begin Date: 7/01/2015 (Contract End Date: 6/30/2019)
VTAOE 470 Application Number: 168900001238987
Master Contract # with BGS State of Vermont: 28347
Allowable Contract Date: 7/01/2015
Date of Contract Signature: 11/29/2017
Active contracts as of July 2016 include Hewlett Packard (HP) and Computer Technology Link (CTL) were amended in late 2014 to include a CHROMEBOOK solution. To take advantage of this offering you can refer to the actual contract #’s:
CTL #26003 - CTL Additions and Price Modifications to MLTI Vermont PA 5.17.2016
Contact: Gary Welk, firstname.lastname@example.org
Status: UPDATED - models and pricing May 2016
It should be noted that the amended contracts are structured in a way that schools may choose a menu of options, i.e. device alone, device plus management console, device plus extended warranty, etc.
SketchUP Pro, an industry standard architectural design software, is provided for free to all of Vermont’s public K-12 schools. To request your licenses, (2015-2018 now available) send a request to Rose Wheeler at the Agency of Education.
The fourth annual 3D Vermont competition, which challenges Vermont schools to create digital 3D-printed models of historic town buildings, kicks off Friday, October 20, 2017. Schools work for months on their models, which will be showcased at an Architectural Olympiad on March 30, 2018 at Vermont Technical College. The event encourages student teams to bring in 3D printed models for display and are judged on a huge floor map of Vermont. The Vermont Agency of Education works in partnership with the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, Hartford School District, SketchUP, and Vermont Technical College to manage the competition and showcase the event. Visit 3DVermont for more information and to register.
The Microsoft Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES) agreement is a 3-year agreement, and provides competitive pricing for schools wishing to purchase Microsoft products. The Agency of Education provides this as a service to schools and wishes to make clear to schools that this is an OPT-IN opportunity. To best serve your schools and districts, review the materials carefully to determine if they meet a current need.
Email Peter Drescher or call (802) 479-1169.