The district technology plan is the working document that should include or at the very least reference the elements listed above. These elements also align with ISTE’s Essential Conditions.

ISTE’s Essential Conditions

Shared Vision

Proactive leadership in developing a shared vision for educational technology among all education stakeholders including teachers and support staff, school and district administrators, teacher educators, students parents, and the community


Equitable Access

Robust and reliable access to current and emerging technologies and digital resources, with connectivity for all students, teachers, staff, and school leaders


Skilled Educators

Educators, support staff, and other leaders skilled in the selection and effective use of appropriate ICT resources


Ongoing Professional Learning

Technology-related professional learning plans and opportunities with dedicated time to practice and share ideas


Technical Support

Consistent and reliable assistance for maintaining, renewing, and using ICT and digital learning resources


Curriculum Framework

Content standards and related digital curriculum resources that are aligned with and support digital-age learning and work


Student Centered Learning

Planning, teaching, and assessment centered around the needs and abilities of students


Assessment and Evaluation

Continuous assessment of teaching, learning, and leadership, and evaluation of the use of ICT and digital resources


Engaged Communities

Partnerships and collaboration within communities to support and fund the use of ICT and digital resources


Support Policies

Policies, financial plans, accountability measures, and incentive structures to support the use of ICT and digital learning resources


Supportive External Context

Policies and initiatives at the national, regional, and local levels to support schools and teacher preparation programs in effective implementation of technology for achieving curriculum and learning technology (ICT) standards


Empowered Leaders

Stakeholders at every level empowered to be leaders in effecting change


Implementation Planning

A systematic plan aligned with a shared vision for school effectiveness and student learning through the infusion of information and communication technologies (ICT) and digital learning resources


Consistent and Adequate Funding

Ongoing funding to support technology infrastructure, personnel, digital resources, and staff development