Policies, financial plans, accountability measures and
incentive structures to support the use of ICT and other digital resources for
learning and district school operations
What is it?
To keep students safe online and guide the appropriate use
of technology, education leaders need to develop support policies that provide a
framework for effective operation and application. These should address all
aspects of technology use across all stakeholder groups, from high-level
policies governing web filtering and access to low-level policies around digital
citizenship and acceptable use agreements.
Why is it important?
Policies help streamline the tech integration process by
establishing protocols and focusing technology use on achieving specific
learning goals. They guide students and teachers toward more effective uses of
technology, which in turn will impact the initiative’s success.
Moreover, because policies serve as explicit statements of
an organization’s vision, culture and attitude toward technology, they play a
symbolic role as well as a practical one. By adopting the right support
policies, education leaders can initiate positive systemic shifts in digital
learning and teaching.
What does it look like?
Effective support policies take into account the needs and
the realities of all stakeholders as well as the practical implications of the
digital landscape. Technology integration often requires leaders to review and
modify existing policies to maximize the benefits of digital tools and
resources. When developing support policies for a technology program,
- How existing policies impact practice and
- What policies, forms and incentive structures will support
critical elements of technology integration, such as digital responsibility,
cyberbullying, the acceptable use policy, professional development and web
- Financial plans, accountability measures and inventory
management tools and approaches, such as passwords, Google accounts, and
- Methods for gathering feedback and modifying
policies and practices to fit the technology implementation