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Educational Technology Contacts (alpha order)

Dorann Avey
Digital Learning Director
Phone:  402-471-4366


Dean Folkers

Chief Information Officer
Phone:  402-471-4740


SuAnn Witt

State E-Rate Coordinator and Infrastructure Specialist
Phone:  402-471-2085

Educational Technology

Our Purpose

The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) promotes the use of current and emerging technologies through initiatives and partnerships that expand opportunities for learning beyond the boundaries of the school and classroom.

The Guiding Principles used in developing the Digital Education Position Statement and approved by the Nebraska State Board of Education include:

  • Ensure a student-centered approach that incorporates personalized learning to foster deeper learning competencies and greater skill development
  • Support a dynamic vision that drives change through proactive leadership to support learning
  • Build connections amongst stakeholders to take action in support of success for all learners
  • Provide all Nebraskans significant opportunity to receive fair, equitable, and high quality education and services to close achievement gaps
  • Allow all learners to achieve their fullest potential in transitioning through phases of school and into civic life
  • Ensure all educators are effectively using instructional strategies and monitoring student progress using multiple measures of proficiency
  • Prepare all learners to be college, career, and civic ready

Using these guiding principles, the Nebraska Department of Education believes that digital education and related supports must provide quality-learning opportunities for all Nebraska students and that Nebraska schools are Ready for the Future (Future Ready).

Nebraska eBooks

Welcome to the Nebraska eBooks Project!

The NeBooks Project is a partnership between schools, state agencies and non-profit organizations across Nebraska for the common purpose of providing quality instructional materials. The initial focus of this project was creating Nebraska focused eBooks for use in meeting 4th grade Nebraska History standards. As the project has continued to grow and gain momentum, we want to encourage the writing of eBooks in all content areas to be added to our eBook Library.

If you would like to participate in the Nebraska eBooks program please download the file with guidelines for the project below. If you have further questions please feel free to contact me via email at and I would be happy to help you further.


District Technology Plans

Unrevised District Technology Plan CLOSED.

The technology plan collected this school year (2017 – 2018) is similar to the technology plan districts have completed in the past.

The future Technology Plan data collection currently in the CDC is currently under revision to align to new digital learning practices and technologies available in schools and the Future Ready Schools framework. Coming soon will be a new survey-based inquiry that is more streamlined, supports current status and information, and identifies priority services and supports needed by Nebraska schools. For districts that have completed the “Old Tech Plan” the information will be used to support the updated collection.

If you have questions, please contact SuAnn Witt, or the NDE HelpDesk.



Distance Education

Distance Education

Distance Education Incentives

2018 Application for Incentives window is now OPEN. The application deadline is August 1, 2018

2018 Incentives Application Instructions

District Classifications (sparsity)

Applications Received to Date– Received as of June 21, 2018


Current Rule 89


LB 1208 Brief Summary – Administrators Days 2006 Handout

NASB Distance Ed (11-16-06) – Senator Raikes presentation slides

NASB_20061116 – Tom Rolfes presentation slides

Archived Documents

FY 2013 Upgrade Allocation Member Districts

FY 2013 Network Nebraska Non-Member Districts

Dist Ed Equipment Reimbursement Instructions

FY 2012 Upgrade Allocations- .pdf document

Who and when: DL Implementation (by year, location, etc.)