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Office of Educational Technology


The Office of Educational Technology (OET) provides leadership and assistance to schools and districts regarding the integration of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) into the teaching and learning process; and also provides leadership, assistance, and guidance in the effective use of virtual, online, and distance learning.The Office of Educational Technology represents the Department of Education as a member of the New Hampshire School Connectivity Initiative (NHSCI).

Information is collected and disseminated on the use of Information and Communication Technologies in education, such as annual technology surveys, online professional development, virtual schools, technology planning, library media services, Internet safety, and the federal E-Rate program, based on current trends, research, and funding opportunities. OET also manages the NH Educators Online (NHEON.org) Web resources and the NH e-Learning for Educators project (OPEN NH).

School and Educator Support and Services

NH Educators Online (NHEON.org) Smarter Balanced Assessments Technology Readiness
ET News listserv and ET News blog School and District Technology Planning
Information and Communication Technology Literacy Domain Name Server and Web Address Changes
NH e-Learning for Educators (OPEN NH) Technology Planning Guide
Online Learning in NH E-Rate Program Information
Statewide Partnerships and Projects NH School Connectivity Initiative (NHSCI)
Future Ready Schools New Hampshire #GoOpen New Hampshire

NH Educators Online (NHEON.org)

The concept of the NH Educators Online site was first explored by a steering committee composed of New Hampshire teachers, librarians, and technology coordinators. NHEON.org has been online since the summer of 1999. The site hosts a number of resources and information about projects, programs, and other digital resources from the Office of Educational Technology. The site is continuously under improvement, as resources become available and the online needs of New Hampshire educators evolve.

ET News Listserv and Blog

Subscribe to the ETNews listserv for the latest news from the Office of Educational Technology on ed tech grants, online learning, OPEN NH session updates, new digital tools, research, and more. For all this and local, national, and worldwide news on digital learning and educational technology, follow the ET News blog.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Literacy

The Minimum Standards for School Approval, Ed 306.42, contain the minimum requirements districts must use in order to establish an ICT Literacy program for all students in grades K through 12. The standards require districts provide all K-12 students with opportunities to use and learn about a wide variety of digital tools through an integrated approach, in which the learning of content standards is enhanced through the use of information and communication technologies. The Office of Educational Technology reviews and supports districts and schools as they enhance and update their ICT Literacy Programs. The NH ICT Literacy Standards are based on the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS), which are developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). For more informaiton, visit the ICT Literacy Toolkit on NHEON.org.

School and Districtwide Technology Planning

The Office of Educational Technology at the New Hampshire Department of Education strongly encourages the development of district technology plans that focus technology priorites towards the digital tools and infrastructure necessary to promote teaching, learning, assessing, and producing powered powered by today's technology. For more information, visit the Technology Planning Toolkit on NHEON.org.

NH e-Learning for Educators (OPEN NH)

The NH e-Learning for Educators initiative offers online professional development courses as well as online facilitator and developer training through OPEN NH. OPEN NH uses Moodle to deliver a growing and cost-effective statewide online professional development system geared to support school or district needs. We do this by selecting and training facilitators, designing online courses specifically designed to meet the needs of NH schools and educators, and researching effective online professional development.

OPEN NH courses use a 7 week discussion-based model. A 1 week orientation unit, light in content, is followed by 6 weeks of heavier content review and discussion. The course content is 100% online and no additional materials are required. Each unit consists of readings and participation in discussions. An authentic course project is developed throughout the 7 weeks of the course which you can use in your classroom or school. There is an expectation that approximately 4-5 hours each week will be committed to participation the course. Following successful completion of the course, you will earn a Certificate of Completion for 35 contact hours of professional development.

OPEN NH also offers low cost self paced tutorials which are non facilitated. Professional development hours earned depends on the individual tutorial.

Future Ready Schools New Hampshire

Future Ready is a bold new effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship. The initiative will provide districts with resources and support to ensure that local technology and digital learning plans align with instructional best practices, are implemented by highly trained teachers, and lead to personalized learning experiences for all students, particularly those from traditionally underserved communities. Future Ready Schools New Hampshire seeks to help superintendents, schools, faculty, students, and community members make their Future Ready Commitment a reality by providing resources, professional development, and examples of Future Ready teaching and learning in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire School Connectivity Initiative

The New Hampshire School Connectivity Initiative (“NHSCI”) is a collaborative effort tasked with enhancing high-speed broadband access for K-12 public schools in New Hampshire. NHSCI is spearheaded by the New Hampshire Department of Education, through the Office of Educational Technology. Collaborating on the initiative are members representing the Office of the Governor, the New Hampshire Department of Education, the New Hampshire Department of Information Technology, the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development, and the University of New Hampshire. NHSCI seeks to compile a comprehensive K-12 broadband connectivity report based on analysis and reporting of data collected by NHSCI. This effort is already in progress and is being coordinated by the University of New Hampshire and the Education Sub-Committee of the NH Governor’s Telecommunications Planning and Development Advisory Board (TAB). Another goal is to develop a plan to meet K-12 connectivity goals through the facilitation of statewide K-12 fiber network discussions with school districts, service providers, and partner organizations with the long-term goal of ensuring that all public school students across New Hampshire can take advantage of digital learning. Finally, the initiative is creating a statewide strategy to enhance the utilization of E-Rate funds that are used to provide discounted communication services to schools and libraries across the state. NH currently receives less than 30% of the funds collected by the Federal Communications Commission through the Universal Service Fee paid by NH businesses and residents.

Online Learning in New Hampshire

There are a variety of resources and links, from helpful hints on finding an online school or program to the latest research findings about online learning on the Online Learning NH site. We hope to provide students, parents, teachers, and administrators with the information they need to make informed decisions concerning K-12 online learning opportunities available to the students and teachers of New Hampshire.

Smarter Balanced Assessment New Hampshire Technology Readiness Coordination

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), in collaboration with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) consortium, has developed a Technology Readiness Tool to support districts with planning for technology as they transition to next-generation assessments to be launched beginning in 2014. This new open source tool assesses current capacity and compares that to the technology that will be needed to administer the new online assessments in four areas-devices, device to tester ratio, network infrastructure, and staff and personnel. There will be a series of six data collection windows in which the tool will be open for updating of informaiton. The goal of the first data collection window is to collect easily-accessible baseline data. Data collection will occur once each spring and fall through 2014. All districts in New Hampshire will be requested to use the tool to assess technology readiness during each window. The data collected and reports provided by this tool will be valuable in developing district technology plans in future planning cycles.

Implementing Online Assessments: Pathways to Success is a website that chronicles states’ experiences with implementing their online assessments. Delaware, Idaho, North Carolina and Virginia case studies tell the state’s history with online assessments, the evolution of their infrastructure, their approach to training and communication with districts, and an in-depth look at what it took for a district to implement online assessments. States have also shared the tools and materials - such as training agendas, technology checklists, and sample letters - that led to their success. The site is hosted by the State Educational Technology Director's Association (SETDA). Visit the website, use the materials, and participate in discussions about your experience with the transition.

E-Rate Program Information for Schools and Libraries

The Federal Communications Commission's E-Rate Program is the nation's largest educational technology program, connecting schools and libraries to broadband internet services. The E-Rate page on NHEON.org is designed to help New Hampshire schools understand the purpose, scope, and application process of the federal universal service fund, commonly referred to as “e-Rate.” Here you will find links to resources in New Hampshire and to the Schools & Libraries Division (SLD) website.

Domain Name Server and Web Address Updates

Requests from districts to change their Domain Name Server, or update their web address are submitted to the Office of Educational Technology for processing through the Department of Information Technology. The request is made via email. The Request Form template and complete instructions are given on the Name Server Requests page under the Office of Educational Technology on NHEON.org.

Every Student Succeeds Act Title IV Part A: Education Technology

With the passage of the the Every Student Succeeds Act in 2015, Education Technology is included in Title IV, Part A. Information on the state plan is coming shortly. Districts are encouraged to follow best practices outlines in the National Educational Technology Plan 2016.

Spotlight on Digital Equity

National Collaborative for Digital Equity

The Office of Educational Technololgy is a participating member of the National Collaborative for Digital Equity, which was co-founded in 2013 as the Digital Opportunity Consortium, by co-chairs Dr. Robert McLaughlin and Dr. Paul Resta. Reflecting the compelling need to speak to potential investors with one voice about why and how to approach digital equity investments and initiatives systemically, the Consortium was refashioned into the National Collaborative for Digital Equity. The Collaborative is headquartered at New England College, in Henniker, New Hampshire.

The Collaboratives Goals are to:

  1. Help high poverty communities mobilize for sustained systemic digital equity action.
  2. Help states to mobilize sustained digital equity initiatives.
  3. Infuse digital equity issues and strategies into educator preparation.
  4. Provide research and evaluation to identify best practices in digital equity that lead to educational and economic impacts.
  5. Provide technical assistance to digital equity resource providers.
  6. Advise digital equity investors on why and how to design efforts that are systemic so they have genuine impacts on educational and economic opportunity.

Resources for Educational Technology and Online Learning

Office of Educational Technology Initiatives ESSA Title IV A
New Hampshire Educators Online (NHEON) US DoE e-Rate Program
NH e-Learning for Educators / OPEN NH District Technology Plan Toolkit
Online Learning NH ICT Literacy Standards and Toolkit (ED 306.421)
US DoE ConnectEd Initiative ICT Literacy DOE Technical Advisory #2 (2006)
NH Digital Resources Consortium Governor's Task Force on STEM
NH Esri State GIS Partnership Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
NH Application for SketchUp Pro district license Smarter Balanced Assessment Technology Readiness
NH eRate Consortium Smarter Balanced Assessment in NH
Connected Educators National Collaborative for Digital Equity
NH Partnerships and Projects (NHEON) Implementing Online Assessments: Pathways to Success
State Edcuational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)

Contact the Office of Educational Technology

Stan Freeda
State Educational Technology Director and Online Learning Specialist
(603) 271-5132
Stanley.Freeda@doe.nh.gov

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