Digital Learning and Support

Contact Information

Digital Learning Consultant
Alicia Kerns
(307) 777-3679
alicia.kerns1@wyo.gov
Student/Teacher Resources Team Supervisor
Laurel Ballard
(307) 777-8715
laurel.ballard@wyo.gov
Digital Learning Consultant
Lori Kimbrough
(307) 777-7418
lori.kimbrough1@wyo.gov

The State of Wyoming needs your help! We are writing a Statewide Digital Learning Plan (as described in Wyoming Statute 21-2-202 (a)(xx)) to better provide equal access to education through technology. Wyoming has emerged as a leader in broadband connectivity. Our next step is to complete a comprehensive digital learning plan for education. This new plan will be presented at the end of summer 2016, and we plan to begin implementing it in 2017.

We want your input on this plan!

Technology shortfalls limit equal access to a quality education for some Wyoming students, especially those in rural districts. A comprehensive tech plan for education can help change this. The Wyoming Department of Education is conducting a Listening Tour (a series of public meetings where we get to hear directly from you) to gather information from teachers, business leaders, and other community members about their education technology ideas, needs, and hopes. This is your chance to help improve education technology access and use in Wyoming.

Please attend the Listening Session nearest you.

All sessions run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

  • 1/25 – Evanston – High School: Seminar Room
  • 1/26 – Rock Springs – Rock Springs Junior High: Cafeteria
  • 1/27 – Rawlins – High School Cafeteria
  • 1/28 – Riverton – Central Office Round Room
  • 2/1 – Casper – Central Services Jefferson Room
  • 2/2 – Cody – Middle School Commons
  • 2/3 – Sheridan – Central Office Board Room
  • 2/4 – Gillette – Staff Development Center Willow Room
  • 2/9 – Laramie – Special Services Building: District Training Room
  • 2/10 – Cheyenne – Storey Gym: District Boardroom
What is the Statewide Digital Learning Plan (SDLP)?

The SDLP is a five year education technology plan designed to enhance student access to digital learning opportunities.

Who is responsible for the SDLP implementation?

By statute, the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) is responsible for the development and implementation of the plan, in cooperation with other stakeholders and state agencies. The WDE has formed an Advisory Panel to guide this effort.

Why is the WDE conducting listening sessions?

The WDE is employing this initial broad approach to identify a wide variety of stakeholder needs and ideas.

What does the WDE hope to learn?

Information gathered from the listening sessions will help gauge how technology is currently being used in the classroom and how best to improve access to digital resources and opportunities.

Who will benefit from the listening sessions?

In short; everyone. Students, educators, boards of trustees, libraries, the community college system, the University of Wyoming, and individuals from both the public and private sector will all benefit from network connectivity in and between schools, communities, and between the state and the world.

How will the WDE use the information from the sessions?

Stakeholder input is important and will influence the SDLP Advisory Panel decisions and components of the plan development.

What are the next steps?

The WDE will compile the information. The Advisory Panel will then analyze the results from the Listening Tour sessions, district surveys, and focus groups. All information will be used to write the plan for submission to legislators in October of 2016.

How do I stay involved?

The WDE will post a draft of the plan by August 1, 2016 at edu.wyoming.gov/tech. Sign up at your listening session to receive the latest information.

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