Empowering students to succeed in the 21st Century!
Today, we live in a global economy in which technology, the Internet, the World Wide Web, search engines, hand-held electronic devices, artificial intelligence, gaming, robotics, and social media all provide us with information and resources and put us in touch with people, places, and ideas – instantly, and all the time. Technology has opened access to the world and provided a world of resources for our teachers and students.
Just as our world and our expectations are changing rapidly, the skills our students need to succeed are dramatically different today from what students needed 10 years ago. To prepare our students for success in the 21st century, we must change the way we support our teachers and students. To transform education for the 21st century, we need to rethink learning, rethink schools, and take advantage of all of the resources available to us.
Imagine if you could step into the future and visit one of our public schools ten years from now. Imagine where our students and teachers will get their information and what resources will support learning. Imagine the ways in which we will personalize learning experiences for each student. Imagine how our students will be able to benefit from digital learning – opening up a nearly infinite number of advanced courses in world languages, sciences, engineering, and the arts. Think about how our schedules could be made more flexible, with instruction available to students at any hour day or night, or on any day.
We are asking all of our educators in Rhode Island to take this imaginary journey into the future – and to bring that vision into our schools today.
Virtual Learning Policy
RIDE is committed to working closely with various stakeholders and agencies to create policy supporting all learners ensuring access to technology; rigorous and engaging online content; customized learning; quality content, instruction and choices; articulation agreements; and resourcing.
Virtual Learning Guidance and Technical Assistance
RI Virtual Learning Concept Map
Virtual Learning Annual Legislative Report
Empowering Students to Succeed in the 21st Century
Shifting District Technology Policies
Many local district technology policies are being updated to Responsible Use Policies underscoring a cultural shift from compliance to defining expectations and supporting responsible use. Examples of local updated policy:
Learners in Rhode Island are assured access to quality instruction and learning opportunities through the Virtual Learning Regulations as well as, the Basic Education Program, the Secondary Regulations, Career and Technical Education Regulations, the Rhode Island Teaching Standards and the Education Evaluation Program. The Virtual Learning Regulations complement and enhance existing regulations by promoting students access to quality online learning opportunities as part of each student’s
pathway. Below are tools and resources that may be used to aid in the evaluation of content, instruction and programming. This list will grow as additional resources become available.
Access to Technology: A Three Legged Stool
The Rhode Island educational landscape is changing greatly as districts and schools implement college and career-ready standards for all students; utilize online assessments to gage comprehension and learning; and deal with constrained school budgets. RIDE has several initiatives to help ensure that students and educators have access to the appropriate technology tools to achieve these goals.
Bandwidth - E-Rate/RITEAF Program
The Rhode Island Telecommunications Access Fund (RITEAF) program is a legislative commitment to ensure that Internet Access is available and affordable for all private and public K-12 schools and all public libraries. The RITEAF program supplements the federal E-Rate program.
Infrastructure - Wireless Classroom Initiative Technology Bond
RIDE, alongside a host of those in our educational community, worked hard to include a technology infrastructure investment in the Governor's budget that provides wireless access to the Internet in every classroom. The Wireless Classroom Initiative technology infrastructure bond provides $20 million to expand wireless access to all classrooms across the state.
Devices - All Inclusive Device Solution
A master price agreement and a memorandum of understanding are in place to provide schools with a bundled technology solution including the technology device and software, support and maintenance and extensive professional development opportunities. The agreement includes flexible leasing options that are designed to meet district financing needs.
All LEAs and schools, including charter schools, CTE Centers and school, state operated schools and collaboratives are able to opt-in to this opportunity.
All Inclusive Device Solution Handout [PDF, 405KB]
Master Price Agreement for All Inclusive Device Solution [PDF, 2.6MB]
Our partners, CDW-G, will be able to assist with every step along the way. Contact Henry Velosa at (203) 215-9599 or firstname.lastname@example.org.