District Learning Technology Plans

Technology plans are designed to help educators and school leaders think about how they use technology and how to better leverage technology to improve student learning. The Learning through Technology team at the Department of Education manages the technology planning process and assists schools in learning to use technology more effectively.

Educational technology plans will be approved for the three years described in the plan ending June 30th of the third year. Please submit a new plan for approval prior to July 1 of the year in which the plan is intended to be implemented.

An SAU should submit a District Learning Technology Plan by July 1 of this year if:

  • Their current technology plan will expire in June of this year
  • They do not already have a plan approved by the Maine Department of Education to replace one that has previously expired
  • A school left or joined the SAU
  • The SAU is newly formed

For plans that are due by June 30, 2018, districts will have two options:

  1. Submit a learning technology plan following the guidelines from the 2016-2017 school year.

  2. Submit a learning technology plan using the guidance for the 2017-2018 school year. This guidance was developed recognizing that districts have a smaller window of time to complete this process and that many districts have asked for more clarity about what exactly the Department is looking for in these plans.

For both options, schools will need to administer the BrightBytes Technology and Learning Survey to students and use their data to inform future planning for technology use in their schools and districts. More information about specific requirements can be found below.

If you have any questions about plans due in 2018, please contact Amanda Nguyen, Digital Learning Specialist at Amanda.Nguyen@maine.gov or 207-624-6656.

Using BrightBytes

The Maine Department of Education has partnered with BrightBytes, a nationally regarded expert in the field of measuring the impact of the use of technology on student achievement, as part of our continued effort to evaluate and improve student learning. Schools have access to tools to help them administer the survey to students and educators, as well as a dashboard of resources to help make meaning of and develop action plans with their data.

New this year: The BrightBytes survey tool will be available to elementary schools, so that districts can obtain data from teachers, administrators, and students in grades 3 - 8.

Matt Schneidman from BrightBytes (matt@brightbytes.net) can help get your schools started.

Webinars and In-Person Trainings

Additionally, BrightBytes has developed webinars and in-person trainings to help schools and districts leverage their BrightBytes data for technology planning. Registration and more information about these sessions can be found here: http://bit.ly/2sxx7CZ and in the BrightBytes End of Year Kit. The End of Year Kit includes information about the On-site "Data Into Action" Workshops as well.

On-site "Data Into Action" Workshops: Building Actionable Instructional Technology Plans that Really Drive Change (Regionally during the weeks of May 7th and May 14th): Specific locations and times can be found by visiting this link to the registration form.

Additional Resources can be found here:

Guidance for 2017 - 2018 District Learning Technology Plan

This technology planning process is streamlined because we recognize that districts only have until June 30th, 2018 to complete the process. Districts will be expected to provide some basic information (list of the schools the plan covers, list of members of the planning team that authored the document, contact information for a point person on the plan), as well as a list of five goals that have emerged after a review of the BrightBytes data and an action plan to support each goal. The specific categories for the goals can be found in the District Learning Technology Plan Form for 2018. The form also asks districts to answer two additional questions. It is our hope that this process will be less time consuming for districts, but still allow them to have conversations and agree upon next steps toward more purposeful and intentional technology integration in schools.

A Word Document of the District Learning Technology Plan Form for 2018 can be downloaded here.

Guidance for 2016 - 2017 District Learning Technology Plan

The 2016- 2017 District Learning Technology Plan guidelines include updates to requirements and processes from previous guidelines. The goals of the updates were to include the following:

  • To support educators and educational leaders in thinking more about the learning, and to take a pedagogical view of why they need, and how they will use technology.
  • To encourage the broad involvement of district leadership teams, especially team members responsible for curriculum and instruction, in consultation with educators, the tech leads, and Technology Committees.
  • To “invite” educators and educational leaders to join a structured transition from a primary hardware and infrastructure focus towards a focus on learning through offering tools, approaches, and frameworks that make technology integration easier, more helpful and doable. Toward this end, the Maine Department of Education seeks to pivot from “driving” and “pushing” to an approach that is more “inviting” and “pulling.”

Resources for 2016 - 2017 District Learning Technology Plan

These technology plans are exemplars because in the course of the technology plan, the school districts used the Brightbytes data to drive and create a collaborative learning culture with a focus on technology and learning in the classroom. All exemplars are posted with permission of the submitting schools.

Please submit completed plans in electronic form to: the MLTI Project Office (mlti.project@maine.gov)