Future Ready Robust Infrastructure Gear

Robust Infrastructure GearPrimary Objective: Establish a technology ecosystem to ensure every school exceeds industry-connectivity standards.

Focus areas:
     ~ Identify and make available resources to provide every school with access to high speed, high capacity internet.
     ~ Collaborate with local and regional organizations to insure every district and school has the IT capacity needed to support their infrastructure.

 


The Future Ready Nebraska Council has developed several goals to guide the work of this gear in Nebraska.  These goals are listed below and will be further developed in the Nebraska Digital Learning and Ed. Tech, plan which is currently under development.

  1. All students will have access to Internet resources during non-school hours to achieve equity of access.

  2. All Districts will be connected to a statewide single sign-on system, with access to associated resources.

  3. Robust Infrastructure Gear Team will encourage 100% of public school districts to leverage Category 2 E-rate funding to upgrade their internal networking and Wi-Fi.

  4. The State of Nebraska and University of Nebraska will procure and contract for up to six segments of 10Gbps wave services for a northeast Nebraska backbone fiber loop.

  5. Digital learning is adequately funded and fully integrated across multiple budget areas, including instruction, building facilities, technology, staffing, utilities, etc., where appropriate.

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Future Ready Personalized Professional Development Gear

Personalized Professional Development GearPrimary Objective: Provide Opportunities for educators and leaders to deepen their Future Ready knowledge.

Focus Areas:
     ~ Identify and partner with business, community, professional and parent associations, and regional education associations to support Future Ready efforts.
     ~ Engage with higher education institutions to create a K – 16 vision for future readiness to support workforse-readiness efforts.

 


The Future Ready Nebraska Council has developed several goals to guide the work of this gear in Nebraska. These goals are listed below and will be further developed in the Nebraska Digital Learning and Ed. Tech. plan which is currently under development.

  1. Teachers will have access to online resources to assist in providing quality instruction to students through use of an online repository of content containing videos, articles and Professional Development opportunities.

  2.  A systematic coordinated approach to professional learning priorities will be developed to support professional learning efforts and initiatives in the state.

  3. Utilize Future Ready resources to support professional learning, planning and prioritizing at school districts including the following targeted staff, Librarians, Ed Tech Leaders, Principals and other School leaders.

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Future Ready Data & Privacy Gear

Data and Privacy GearPrimary Objectives: Provide useful and meaningful data to leaders and educators to support instruction and decisionmaking.  Articulate clear expectations relating to the privacy of student data.

Focus areas:
     ~ Align state data systems to reduce redundancy, streamline data collection and facilitate analysis and use of data.
     ~ Make data a two-way street; provide meaningful data back to districts in user-friendly reports.
     ~ Communicate the state’s policy for its use of student data.
     ~ Ensure all stakeholders – districts, educators, parents and vendors – understand all applicable laws and regulations related to student data privacy.

 


The Future Ready Nebraska Council has developed several goals to guide the work of this gear in Nebraska. These goals are listed below and will be further developed in the Nebrsaka Digital Learning and Ed. Tech. plan which is currently under development.

  1. Adopt and sustain policies protecting privacy and security of student data and ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

  2. Collect and provide data in efficient and meaningful ways to support instruction and decision-making and minimize the reporting burden of school districts.

  3. Provide resources, communication and training to inform and equip stakeholders to keep student data private and secure.

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Future Ready Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Gear

Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment GearPrimary Objective: Integrate the effective use of technology in all state academic standards, not just technology standards.

Focus Areas:
     ~ Articulate the expectation that meeting the state standards requires the appropriate use of technology.
     ~ Demonstrate the effective use of technology to support specific standards through exemplars and resources.
     ~ Provide guidance on finding and/or developing high quality digital content.

 


The Future Ready Nebraska Council has developed several goals to guide the work of this gear in Nebraska. These goals are listed below and will be further developed in the Nebraska Digital Learning and Ed. Tech. plan which is currently under development.

  1. Review and Revise the language of Rule 10. Update to include language for 21st Century Learners & Instruction

  2. Provide opportunities for professional personalized educator learning and development using a statewide, coordinated, and collaborative reservoir of resources and find, define and share exemplars of digital teaching and learning.

  3. Integrate the effective use of technology in all state academic standards, not just technology standards.

  4. Create a system of equitable opportunities for access to online resources for all students in NE

  5. Districts are able to leverage technology and diverse learning resources to personalize the learning experience for each student.

  6. Expand teacher recommended & state investments in statewide digital content and learning resources.

  7. All students have access to qualified integration specialists who have the capacity to partner with classroom teachers to design and implement evidence-based curricula and assessments that integrate elements of deeper learning, critical thinking, information literacy, digital citizenship, creativity, innovation, and the active use of technology.

Future Ready Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Gear 2017-11-16T11:55:53+00:00

Future Ready Community Partnerships Gear

Future Ready Community Partnerships GearPrimary Objective: Establish a Future Ready coalition of interested and invested organizations and parties.

Focus Areas:
   
 ~ Identify and partner with business, community, professional and parent accociations and regional education associations to support Future Ready efforts.

     ~ Engage with higher education institutions to create a K – 16 vision for future readiness to support workforce-readiness efforts.

 


The Future Ready Nebraska Council has developed several goals to guide the work of this gear in Nebraska. These goals are listed below and will be further developed in the Nebraska Digital Learning and Ed. Tech. Plan which is currently under development.

  1. Develop a presentation to be used at professional conferences, webinars, and local planning events which will assist school administrative teams in getting started.  Each committee member will present locally and at least one conference or webinar.

  2. Develop a template and specific guidelines to assist schools in forming a local community partnership committee with an initial mandate to identify local existing partnerships and define areas of need for future partnerships based on the goals of the FRNC, AQuESTT, and current SIP efforts.

  3. Create a process for identifying and describing examples of existing successful school-community partnerships across the state, to be used as a resource for such local committees.

  4. Develop an easily accessible “clearinghouse” of such resources which is searchable and includes categories, descriptions, and contact information.

  5. Support creation of robust partnerships with our student, parent, business, and city communities to advance our vision of developing future-ready students.

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Future Ready Budget & Resources Gear

Future Ready Budget Gear

Primary Objective: Identify opportunities to reduce costs for technology procurement.

Focus areas:
    ~ Integrate technology funding across grant and budget opportunities to establish sustainable models for technology procurement and replacement
     ~ Hire and train State Education Agency staff with appropriate education technology skills across all offices and functional areas
     ~ Establish purchasing consortia or other opportunities to help districts to take advantage of procurement at scale
     ~ Support E-rate reimbursement

 


The Future Ready Nebraska Council has developed several goals to guide the work of this gear in Nebraska. These goals are listed below and will be futher developed in the  Nebraska Digital Learning and Ed. Tech. plan which is currently under development.

  1. Develop a system to identify and prioritize what needs to be funded, why it should be funded and looks at possible funding options.

  2. Provide the budget and resources necessary to ensure students have access support, and integration necessary to personalize learning and develop future- ready skills through the use of digital tools.

  3. Create a needs based system that ensures efficient, effective, equitable investment and implementation of digital tools and resources for all districts across the state.

  4. Investigate “Learning Return on Investment” through research and provide examples/case studies from successful digital learning programs that clearly illustrate how technology enables personalized learning and the development of 21st Century skills.

  5. Provide guidance for the development of sustainable technology plans.

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OER – Open Education Resources

Open educational resources(OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes.

The development and promotion of open educational resources is often motivated by a desire to provide an alternate or enhanced educational paradigm.

Most OER materials are released under an open license or reside in the public domain.  The difference between the public domain items and the open license items is shown below.

Public versus Open


OER Licenses

There are a variety of license types that you can assign to open license resources. You can see the most common creative licenses types and an explanation for each in the diagram below. Notice that only the first 5 are considered OER licenses.

Creative Commons Licenses


Where to find OER materials

There are many websites that offer access to OER materials including complete courses, textbooks, lesson plans, videos and other media items. There are links below to many commonly used OER sites (in alphabetical order) for all courses and subjects.

CK-12
College Open Textbooks 
Curriki
EngageNY
Khan Academy
Knovation
Merlot II
MIT Open Courseware Online Textbooks
OER Commons
Open Course Library
OpenEd
Open Education Consortium
Open Learning Initiative
Open Physical Education Network
Open Stax CNX
Open Stax College
Open Textbook Library
Open Textbook Store
Saylor.org
Teach Astronomy
The Orange Grove

 

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Future Ready Data and Privacy

Data and Privacy Gear

 

1 Tagline which describes the focus of work in this area

Advocates for Student Privacy

 

 

Advocates for Student Privacy

OUTCOME: Teaches and promotes student data privacy through their instruction and role as educational leaders.

Sample Strategies

~Parent training on privacy, digital citizenship and online safety
~Regular lessons on digital citizenship, to be embedded everywhere, and not just a specific month 
~Teach students how to create strong passwords that they can also remember.
~Model digital citizenship in other collaborations and lessons and encourage its use

 

 

Future Ready Data and Privacy 2017-11-16T11:56:37+00:00

Future Ready Nebraska

Nebraska is adopting the Future Ready framework as a structure of organizing and communicating Future Ready Nebraska (FRN) plan. The framework was developed by the Alliance for Excellent Education, a Washington, DC-based national policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those who are traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship. The research-based framework is based on a vision oriented, pedagogy driven and children focused approach.

The mission of the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) is to lead and support the preparation of all Nebraskans for learning, earning, and living. As part of carrying out the mission, the State Board of Education recently developed a strategic vision and plan for Nebraska education for the next 10 years 2017-2026. A portion of the vision addresses digital learning and access in Nebraska. As part of creating the implementation plan to support these goals, we are reaching out to leaders, education advocates, and experts in Nebraska to develop the Future Ready Nebraska Council (FRNC). Members of this council represent strategic partner groups and are committed to use their expertise and knowledge to shape and communicate the vision, strategic objectives, and actions intended to transform the digital education and education systems of Nebraska schools.

The Future Ready Framework identifies 7 key categories, or gears, designed for Digital Learning visioning, planning, and implementation focused on Personalized Student Learning.

Future Ready Framework

     These include:

      Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
       Use of Space and Time
       Robust Infrastructure
       Data and Privacy
       Community Partnerships
       Personalized Professional Learning
       Budget and Resources 

 


Timeline for Future Ready Nebraska work:

Spring/Summer 2017 – FRNC is created and creates vision & purpose statements, FRN logo developed, Future Ready Presentation at Administrator Days

October 2017 – State Board of Education votes to approve Digital Education Position Statement (DigitalEducationPosSt)

Fall 2017 – FRNC sets goals, priorities and recommendations,  Digital Learning & Ed Tech Plan survey developed and administered, Draft Digital Learning plan developed, Future Ready Presentation at Fall NETA conference

Winter 2017/2018 – Further development of Digital Learning plan from statewide survey and other feedback to finalize the plan

Spring 2018 – Digital Learning Plan is published and shared, Presentations of plan details begin, work on plan action steps begins

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Contact Us

Educational Technology Contacts (alpha order)


Dorann Avey
Digital Learning Director
Email:   Dorann.Avey@nebraska.gov
Phone:  402-471-4366

 


Dean Folkers

Chief Information Officer
Email:    Dean.Folkers@nebraska.gov
Phone:  402-471-4740

 


SuAnn Witt

State E-Rate Coordinator and Infrastructure Specialist
Email:    SuAnn.Witt@nebraska.gov
Phone:  402-471-2085

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