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.
- Lottery Makerspace Grant
- Computer Science
- Annual Technology Survey
- Technology Standards for Students
- GoOpen Initiative
- Digital Learning Plans
- State Education Technology Directors Association
- Student Data Privacy
- Technology Funding
- Lottery Makerspace Grant Application - Closed for 2019
2019 Winners: Brownington Central School and Montgomery Elementary School
K-5 Educator's Computer Science Fundamentals Workshop from Code.org
In an effort to strengthen Computer Science skills at the Elementary level and take students beyond an “Hour of Code”, the Vermont Computer Science Alliance is offering four regional workshops this Fall to learn how to implement the Code.org Computer Science Fundamentals curriculum. This is a free, one day standards-aligned research-based curriculum, developed by Code.org and focused on engaging young minds in problem solving and inquiry. To accommodate busy elementary educators, the workshops are structured on Saturdays. The Vermont Computer Science Alliance is a partnership between Code.org, the University of Vermont, Vermont Agency of Education, and the Vermont Virtual Learning Collaborative. Click on the link to sign up for a workshop near you. All workshops will run from 8:30 – 3:00, with coffee and lunch provided. Sept 21, 2019 – Springfield; Oct 5, 2019 – Bennington; Oct 5, 2019 – St Johnsbury; or Oct 19 - Burlington. For more information or any questions, contact Greg Young firstname.lastname@example.org.
More resources for Computer Science Education in Vermont available on the Vermont Computer Science Alliance website.
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. This year, the Annual Technology Survey is open through the summer and into early September. The AOE requests that the survey be answered to the best of the ability of each school. 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. The survey should be completed by August 31. Follow-ups will be done in early September to complete the data set.
2019 Annual Technology Survey
Previous Year Annual Technology Survey Results
The Vermont State Board of Education adopted the International Standards for Technology Education (ISTE) Standards for student learning. The adoption of this framework is aligned with the state’s Education Quality Standards. These standards outline what Vermont students should know and be able to do with respect to information technology, and will guide and inform the work of our schools as they prepare students for college and careers that have been dramatically transformed by information technology.
These new and updated ISTE standards replace outdated standards and will help bring our education in line with innovations and best practice in the use of information technologies in schools.
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.
In 2016, 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 includes some professional development in the form of a train the trainer model. Visit the site to find numerous opportunities. Create an account at the OER Commons website and join the #VTOPEN group to be part of this exciting Vermont initiative. Questions, please email Peter Drescher or call (802) 479-1169.
The Agency of Education thanks all those individuals who submitted comments on the state Digital Learning Plan. You can review the draft Vermont's statewide 2018 - 2021 Digital Learning Plan.
Local digital learning plans are no longer required by the state or other entities. 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. This work is specific to the disposition of data within apps or services that schools use online. There will be a series of informational webinars going into the Fall, to help LEA’s can participate in this statewide effort. Please have Technology Coordinators or other leadership personnel involved initially. 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.
Changes are being made to E-Rate in 2019 prior to the new E-Rate season. The AOE wlil plan to inform the field of any significant changes in early fall of 2019.
An active and current contract for Computer Technology Link (CTL) was amended in late 2017. It is 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 -- check with Gary Welk for current pricing
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 sixth annual 3D Vermont competition, which challenges Vermont schools to create digital 3D-printed models of historic town buildings, kicks off in late October. Schools work for months on their models, which will be showcased at an Architectural Olympiad in March 2020 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.
Email Peter Drescher or call (802) 479-1169.