Infrastructure, Technology Access & Effective Use in Iowa Classrooms

Dec 19, 2017  | 5 min  | 1

Administration and staff at two Iowa school districts share how they support a robust and flexible technology infrastructure to support transformational learning experiences, including Internet connectivity within the school and throughout the community; providing powerful learning devices for all students; planning and budgeting; using open education materials to replace expensive textbooks; and developing effective district policies for technology use.

The "Learning Upgrade: Technology in Iowa Schools" informational videos feature stories from four Iowa school districts documenting how they have leveraged technology to accelerate change in their classrooms. District superintendents, school principals, classroom teachers, education researchers and Iowa educational leaders share their perspective on this transformation and what schools need to do to find success. The series’ five segments—focused on learning, teaching, leadership, assessment and infrastructure—spotlight promising practices and research-based strategies supported by recommendations from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Education Technology Plan and the Iowa Digital Learning Plan.


This informational video was produced by Iowa PBS for Regional Education Laboratory (REL) Midwest.

REL Midwest is part of a network of 10 regional educational laboratories funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences. REL Midwest serves a seven state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

This material was prepared under Contract ED-IES-17-C-0007 by REL Midwest, administered by American Institutes for Research. The content of the program does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Institute of Education Sciences or the U.S. Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government.