Introduction and Purpose

Digital Learning - any instructional practice that is effectively using technology to strengthen the student learning experience.

The goals and objectives developed through this plan will have an impact on all instructional areas throughout the Wausau School District (WSD). This plan was crafted with an attempt to align our District goals to the National Technology Plan, Wisconsin State Digital Learning Plan, as well as our local Key Interests and WSD Education Department Smart Goals. The structure of the plan follows a similar theme to the Wisconsin state wide plan in that it focuses on personalized learning, access to digital devices and digital learning environments, and promoting applied and engaged learning.

One of WSD's 8 Key Interests include " Identify, integrate, and expand technology to foster adaptability and maximize learning for all". With this interest in mind, in the Spring 2012 the WSD Education Department developed a SMART Goal to expand access to "Identify, integrate and expand technology options to provide learning opportunities anytime, anywhere for 100% of Wausau School District students by September of 2018. A realized result of the goal included implementing several 1:1 digital device pilots across the district. This included providing iPads to all 8th grade and Franklin Elementary students and teachers during the 2012-2013 school year. In addition, the pilot was expanded during the 2013-2014 school year in that the iPad pilot continued for another year and also Chromebooks were provided to all incoming freshman for the start of the 2013-2014 school year.

During the Spring of 2013, a District Technology Leadership Team (DTLT) was created. This team has members representing elementary and secondary levels, all departments, Library Media Specialists, Special Education/Assistive Technology, all grade levels, teachers, administration, and the Technology Services Department. The DTLT has been very involved in contributing to the evaluation of the mobile device and professional development pilots in place. This includes collecting and analyzing data from various stakeholder groups including students, teachers, and parents as well as attending professional development and conferences focused on personalized learning and digital learning environments. The members of the DTLT value the role technology plays in preparing students with 21st Century Skills and being College and Career Ready. The goals, objectives, and projected budgets in this plan support these ideals.  Below is a graphic illustrating the planning process: