Wyoming’s Digital Learning Plan (DLP)
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The Digital Learning Plan (as described in Wyoming Statute 21-2-202 (a)(xx)) was developed to better provide equal access to education through technology. To address the Digital Learning priorities the Future Ready Framework was adopted to organize the Wyoming’s Digital Learning Plan.
Wyoming has emerged as a leader in statewide broadband connectivity which has improved internet access in classrooms. The next step is to aid educators in fully utilizing the resources now available.
To learn more about the Future Ready Framework and how your District can take advantage of utilizing the resources to create a District specific Digital Learning plan visit the WDE Future Ready page.
Vision for the Plan
The WDE Digital Learning plan is designed to provide a roadmap with recommendations for action that focuses on Digital Learning. Which empowers all stakeholders to provide and expand learning opportunities, to be adaptable, and to evolve with the ever-changing learning environment to meet the needs of all Wyoming students.
- Focus on equity of educational opportunity for all students throughout the state
- Plan and prepare thoughtfully to maximize success of this complex and significant change management process
- Gain support from leadership, which is crucial for meaningful technology integration
- Engage teachers, administrators, students, parents, and other stakeholders
- Focus on the teachers as the key to quality instruction with support from technology
- Support effective and ongoing professional development as an essential element for success
- Acknowledge public schools are managed by elected local school boards with their own policies, priorities, and constituents who prefer local control of the education system for their students
- Leverage the infrastructure investments, economies of scale, and planning teams in districts and across the state
- Provide flexible guiding principles for school districts to craft and implement their technology vision for teaching and learning
- Identify and share existing innovations, expertise, and resources throughout Wyoming, while also building upon national and international promising practices, models, and research
- Plan for long term sustainability, continuous improvement, and educational return on investment
Gear 1: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
Provide a common understanding of what students should know, understand, and be able to do, specific to digital learning and digital citizenship.
Technology is used to gather and utilize data to inform educators and students with personalized instructions.
Educators use instructional practices that shift their role to be facilitators of learning.
Gear 2: Use of Time and Space
Use of Time and Space
Students will be provided with a continuum of high quality learning opportunities that can be easily identified, personalized, and accessed.
Educators across the state will have access to models of effective Digital Learning across time and space.
Offer quality online and blended courses for students that include opportunities for students to demonstrate mastery of content in a variety of ways.
Gear 3: Robust Infrastructure
Every school has the capability to meet LAN/Wi-Fi standards.
Support a technology infrastructure providing opportunities for equitable education for all children attending Wyoming’s K-12 public schools.
Every school has the capacity to successfully plan, procure, and manage their LAN/Wi-Fi networks.
Every school has the capacity to provide sufficient funding, staff, and expertise to manage LAN/Wi-Fi networks.
Technology directors, superintendents, curriculum directors, and other stakeholders consistently collaborate to support a common vision for supporting teaching and learning.
Technology Directors Conference
Technology Directors Workshop
Statewide Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s)
All schools have the capacity to sustainably provide the devices needed for learning.
Gear 4: Data and Privacy
Data and Privacy
Student and educator data will be protected with privacy maintained in accordance with state and federal mandates.
Tech Directors Conference
Tech Directors Workshop
All teachers will use assessment data that enables them to personalize instruction and increase student achievement.
All students will use data to understand their progression through the learning standards.
Gear 5: Community Partnerships
Develop learning spaces in local communities that engage all learners (K-12, postsecondary, businesses, parents, and community members).
Develop partnerships between K-12 systems, postsecondary institutions, and libraries that enable opportunities to learn from each other and leverage resources.
Students have access to learning opportunities beyond the school walls by connecting to local community, national, and global partners.
Gear 6: Personalized Professional Learning
Personalized Professional Learning
Ensure all educators across Wyoming know what personalized professional learning opportunities are available.
Provide educators with a continuum of professional development choices that can be easily identified, personalized, and accessed.
Provide recognition (e.g. micro-credentialing, credit, higher degrees) for educators to continue their professional growth toward implementing effective digital learning practices.
Quality Matters Teaching
Quality Matters Digital Credential
Statewide network of educators and organizations focused on sharing digital learning best practices, implementation strategies, and successful outcomes.
Wyoming Innovations in Learning Conference
Gear 7: Budget and Resources
Budget and Resources
Increase cost savings and reduce costs when appropriate for digital learning.
Develop innovative use of funds to incentivize work on Digital Learning
Leverage partnerships with businesses to increase funding opportunities.
Provide guidance for developing sustainable technology and digital learning procurement plans.
Provide guidance for prioritizing investments.
FAQsWhat is the Digital Learning Plan (DLP)?
The DLP is a five year education technology plan designed to enhance student access to digital learning opportunities.
Who is responsible for the DLP 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 did the WDE conduct listening sessions, surveys and focus groups?
The WDE employed a broad and then more detailed approach to identify a wide variety of stakeholder needs and ideas.
How has the WDE used the information from stakeholders?
The DLP Advisory Panel made decisions and developed components of the plan based on the analysis of all the information gathered from stakeholders. The listening tour sessions provided a theme of eight areas of digital learning to address in the plan. The district surveys and focus group items were written based on the listening tour themes to gather more detailed information about how the needs could be adequately identified and addressed.
Who will benefit from the Digital Learning Plan (DLP)?
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 education technology access and network connectivity in and between schools, communities, and between the state and the world.
What are the next steps?
The plan is being drafted and revised through September 2016. With public comment collected in August, the plan is being finalized before submission to legislators in October of 2016.
How do I stay involved?
The WDE will post the plan by October 1, 2016 at edu.wyoming.gov/tech. Sign up at your listening session to receive the latest information.