North Carolina Digital Learning Initiative

Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction


Technology & Implementation Resources


Digital learning offers significant opportunities for improving student learning outcomes and enhancing educators' capabilities. The proper hardware, software, and infrastructure provide a wide spectrum of options, including the power to administer online assessments, access digital content, collaborate through various learning platforms, and deliver educator professional development online.

Smart Series Guide to Edtech Procurement 
Source: Digital Learning Now!
The procurement of resources is a critically important part of a district's digital learning plan. In order to be effective, the resources must be appropriate and flexible so that teachers will be able to adapt them to suit the needs of their students. The Guide to EdTech Procurement describes steps for carefully planning, evaluating and procuring educational technologies.
E-Rate Modernization Yields Results in North Carolina  
Source: NC DPI / Friday Institute
An infographic showing the impact of E-Rate modernization on student access to Wi-Fi in North Carolina.
Network Essentials for Superintendents: Upgrade Your Network for Digital Learning 
Source: Education Superhighway
This resource provides guidance through a series of steps to help you ask the right questions and evaluate the answers when planning your network infrastructure.
CoSN K–12 Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Leadership Initiative 
Source: Consortium for School Networking
The CoSN K–12 Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Leadership Initiative provides information about TCO, a TCO assessment tool (requires requesting a free password for a school), and case studies of school districts that have used TCO analyses.
CoSN K–12 Value of Investment (VOI) Leadership Initiative 
Source: Consortium for School Networking
The CoSN K–12 Value of Investment (VOI) Leadership Initiative provides a methodology and tools that enable K–12 school leaders to better measures and articulate the costs and benefits of proposed technology projects. The website also contains case studies to show how the VOI concept can be applied.
Future Ready Schools: Building Technology Infrastructure for Learning 
Source: Office of Educational Technology, US Department of Education
This document provides a comprehensive, up-to-date report addressing getting high-speed internet to schools, getting high-speed internet throughout schools, getting devices to students and teachers, and responsible use, privacy and other considerations.
Blended Learning Implementation Guide 
Source: Digital Learning Now!
Districts and/or schools wanting to implement blended learning successfully will want to read this guide. It lays out a process designed to create the conditions for success in blended learning and provides resources.