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.
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) Web resources and the NH e-Learning for Educators project (OPEN NH). The office also administers the distribution and evaluation of the US DoE Enhancing Education through Technology (ESEA Title II-D) program. The office is also coordinates district and state preparedness for online assessment as Tech Readiness liaison on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium NH Team.
School and Educator Support and Services
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.
NH e-Learning for Educators
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 is growing a 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.
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. For more information, visit the NH Technology Readiness page on NHEON.org.
In support of this effort, an the role of State Readiness Coordinator (SRC) will be assumed by the Office of Educational Technology. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), along with the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), will communicate with and provide training and support to the state liaison as well as districts and interested stakeholders through an online portal, Assess4Ed.net.
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.
School District Technology Planning
The Office of Educational Technology supports districts as they prepare and implement their district technology plans. Technology Plans are requried for E-rate Priority 2 Services and Title IID project funding. They are used to document the district ICT Literacy program, as well as for technology budgeting purposes. Technology plans are reviewed and approved by the Office of Educational Technology, in collaboration with a volunteer network of Technology Educators. To learn more about the program, visit and join the Technology Planning Collaboration Ring from the NH Digital Resources Consortium.
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.
Title II Part D: Enhancing Education Through Technology
With the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act in January 2002, a program was established within Title II Part D to provide federal funding to schools for educational technology. This program is called Enhancing Education Through Technology (E2T2). Until July 2006, federal guidelines required distribution of the funds through both a competitive and a formula driven process. Formula awards were based on Title I allocations. After July 2006, because of changes in the law and a nearly 50% reduction in federal funding to the program, states were allowed to issue all of the funds on a competitive basis starting with the 2006-07 awards. Districts are still allowed to use the federal transferability provisions to transfer funds from other Title programs in order to use such funds for activities allowable under Title IID. All awards must be used in accordance with the New Hampshire State Educational Technology Plan. The State and District Technology Plan format and review process is currently being redesigned and streamlined for greater effectiveness and impact on student achievement.
Note: The Title IID Program is currently suspended, with a zero budget. Districts can still transfer funds from other Title programs into Title IID. Funds transferred into Title IID are subject to the federal requirements for the Title IID Program. For more information, see the Transferring Funds into Title IID information on NHEON.org.
Spotlight on Digital Literacy
David Hobbs was recently awarded the Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical for the 2012-2013 school year. His project will be geared around digital learning and digital literacy around the state. His intent is to create a blog that shares/ celebrates/ explores what New Hampshire teachers are doing right now to promote 21st century reading and writing skills. He will be traveling around NH to feature what is going on in classrooms with respect to digital learning and literacy. He will be featuring tools, interviews, curriculum, success stories etc. His hope is to provide realistic scenarios for rural and urban teachers, supplemented with a practical focus on the use of interactive media tools at the classroom level. His site (http://digitalliteracynh.org/) will provide an excellent forum for professional development for teachers and districts. More information about the Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical can be found on the NH Charatable Foundation Web site.
Resources for Educational Technology and Online Learning
|Office of Educational Technology Initiatives||NCLB Title II-D Program|
|New Hampshire Educators Online (NHEON)||US DoE e-Rate Program|
|NH e-Learning for Educators / OPEN NH||District Technology Plan Guidance/Toolkit|
|Online Learning NH||ICT Literacy Standards and Toolkit (ED 306.42)|
|NHEON interactive site||ICT Literacy DOE Technical Advisory #2 (2006)|
|NH Digital Resources Consortium||Assess4Ed.net|
|NH Esri State GIS Partnership||Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium|
|NH Application for SketchUp Pro district license||Technology Readiness in NH|
|NH eRate Consortium||SBAC Readiness Tool (User Login Required)|
|Connected Educators||Implementing Online Assessments: Pathways to Success|
|NH Partnerships and Projects (NHEON)|
|State Edcuational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)||International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)|
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