Reimagining Technology Access

A robust, reliable technology infrastructure and readily available connected devices and tools are essential for any digital learning transition, and can be challenging to create and maintain in K-12 schools.

Cloud computing, mobile devices, and bring your own device programs are providing new options that are, in many situations, more cost effective.

Access to Technology: A Three Legged Stool

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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 gauge 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 provided $20 million to expand wireless access to all classrooms across the state.

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Devices - Large Scale 1:1 Implementations

ALL Rhode Island schools are diligently working to personalize the student learning experience with individualized approaches to provide every student with opportunities for success. Many districts and schools are leveraging technology and blended learning strategies to achieve their personalization outcomes. The map to the right shows districts that are implementing large scale 1:1 computer initiatives as part of those efforts.

Technology and Infrastructure Resources and Research

The resources in this section provide background information and examples of these approaches, along with recommendations for addressing Internet safety and appropriate or responsible use issues.

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