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Educational Technology and Digital Literacy

New Hampshire Educational Technology provides leadership and assistance to schools and districts regarding the integration of Digital Literacy into the teaching and learning process; and also provides leadership, assistance, and guidance in the effective use of virtual, online, and distance learning.

Among the many responsibilities, New Hampshire Educational Technology helps to oversee the State Title IV-A Program, offers guidance and resources for educators, schools, and districts on the effective use of technology and improvement of digital literacy for students and educators, and represents the Department of Education as a member of the New Hampshire School Connectivity Initiative (NHSCI).

New Hampshire Educational Technology may also collect and disseminate information on the use of Information and Communication Technologies in education, such as annual technology surveys, technology planning, online and digital learning, library media services, Internet safety, and the federal E-Rate program, based on current trends, research, and funding opportunities.

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 for New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire 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.

Digital / Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Literacy

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. New Hampshire 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 information, visit the ICT Literacy Toolkit on NHEON.org.

School and Districtwide Technology Planning

New Hampshire Educational Technology at the New Hampshire Department of Education strongly encourages the development of district technology plans that focus technology priorities 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.

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 New Hampshire Educational Technology. Collaborating on the initiative are members representing the Office of the Governor, New Hampshire Department of Education, New Hampshire Department of Information Technology, 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.

#GoOpen New Hampshire Initiative

In the 2017 National Education Technology Plan, the U.S. Department of Education defines openly licensed educational resources as teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under a license that permits their free use, reuse, modification, and sharing with others. Digital openly licensed resources can include complete online courses, modular digital textbooks as well as more granular resources such as images, videos, and assessment items.

The U.S. Department of Education's #GoOpen initiative supports States and districts choosing to transition to the use of openly licensed educational resources to transform teaching and learning.

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 New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire Educational Technology on NHEON.org.

Every Student Succeeds Act Title IV Part A: Student Support and Academic Enrichment - Effective Uses of Technology

With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act in 2015, Education Technology is included in Title IV, Part A. Districts are encouraged to follow the National Educational Technology Plan and best practices outlined in the New Hampshire Title IV -A Effective Uses of Technology Guidance.

There is a Title IV-A Toolkit on NHEON.org that is available to help districts plan their Title IV-A programs. The toolkit takes you through the process of developing and submitting a proposal for your district Title IV-A funds. These formula grants provide a minimum of $10,000 to each district.

Spotlight on Digital Equity

National Collaborative for Digital Equity

New Hampshire Educational Technology 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 Collaborative's 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

Contact

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