Superintendent's Memo #019-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

January 29, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Educational Technology Plan for Virginia: 2010-15

The Virginia Board of Education approved the Educational Technology Plan for Virginia: 2010-15 on January 14, 2010. The new plan builds on the work of previous six-year technology plans, especially in the areas of technology infrastructure, integration, and evaluation. It reflects current state and national standards relating to student, teacher, and administrator technology skills. It also incorporates recent research into the skills needed by 21st century citizens, the way the brain acquires knowledge, and capabilities of current and future technologies.

Because the world in which we use technology is changing just as rapidly as technology, the basis of the new technology plan is a framework for how technology can most effectively be used. Technologies may evolve in many ways, but the characteristics of educationally-potent technology are well-established. The conceptual framework also encourages divisions to view educational technology in the context of all the myriad functions of an educational system. The flexibility of the framework allows divisions to leverage their unique strengths and minimize their local gaps between promise and practice.

Three appendices to the plan provide further detail:

An executive summary is provided in a separate document. The plan and executive summary may be accessed at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/technology/edtech_plan/index.shtml.

The state plan goes into effect immediately. School divisions will need to align their own division technology plans with the new plan under the following timeline:

The Office of Educational Technology will provide technical assistance and further guidance to division technology directors over the next several months. If you have immediate questions, please contact Dr. Tammy McGraw, director of educational technology, at 804-255-4429 or e-mail at tammy.mcgraw@doe.virginia.gov.

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