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Welcome to MSDE's Technology Website. MSDE is dedicated to providing leadership, support, and accountability in using technology to enable effective public education, library services, and rehabilitation services.

In Focus

Take the Pledge!
Take the Pledge!
Help us make a difference in the future of education by joining us this February 5th for Digital Learning Day! In today's interconnected world, the way students learn is increasingly reliant on digital technologies. This doesn't just mean having the newest resources and gadgets, it means fully integrating digital learning throughout the entire educational experience. In order to fully prepare students for success in college and a career, schools and libraries everywhere need to embrace digital learning. We can't prepare every child for the digital future without your support. Help us build the wave of innovation this February 5th by ensuring every child has the opportunity to learn in an innovative, digital environment.

In Focus

Investing in Instructional Technology: Accelerating Educational Reform in Maryland

Investing in Instructional Technology: Accelerating Educational Reform in Maryland
This report on the future of instructional technology in Maryland was written at the request of former State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick, when she met with the Maryland Instructional Technology Advisory Council, appointed to provide oversight and direction to the Maryland Educational Technology Plan for the New Millennium (2007-2012) and to determine how best to move forward with the integration of technology into teaching and learning. The report includes recommendations about how Maryland should move forward with technology during its current Third Wave of Reform, as well as exemplars of efforts that include educational technology from around the State.

In Focus

The State of Online Learning in Maryland 2010-11
The State of Online Learning in Maryland 2010-11Researched and written by the Evergreen Education Group and including contributions from Maryland superintendents and e-learning program leaders in 17 of Maryland's local school systems, The State of Online Learning in Maryland 2010-11 makes the recommendations for expansion of MSDE's Virtual Learning Opportunities Program with broader financial support. Maryland "has the ability to transform schools through online learning, not on a sporadic basis, but as a consistent component of what represents change in education," states the preface written by Nancy S. Grasmick, citing the online learning successes and opportunities that have become increasingly common in other states.
In Focus
New Video! – Inspiring 21st Century Learning through Technology
Developed by the Maryland Instructional Technology Advisory Council (MITAC) and Maryland Public Television the video Inspiring 21st Century Learning through Technology presents an overview of technology in Maryland schools and examines how technology improves the teaching and learning process. The video is made available to be used by educators around the state as an advocacy tool to promote the use of technology in schools and examine the need for students to have these valuable skills to become college and career ready.
The Instructional Technology and School Library Media Program, (ITSLM), provides leadership, coordination, and support in the implementation of the Maryland Educational Technology Plan for the New Millennium: 2007-2012 and in the integration of technology in Maryland schools. The office also promotes the growth and development of school library media programs in Maryland through implementation of the Standards for School Library Media Programs in Maryland and collaboration with School Library Media Administrators and other educators in local school systems. ITSLM administers the federal Enhancing Education through Technology Program (Title II-D), the Maryland Virtual Learning Opportunities Program (MVLO - the State’s web-based learning initiative), the annual Maryland Technology Survey, and oversees local school district technology plans and their compliance with Education Article 7-910 of the Public Schools - Technology for Education Act (equivalent access for students with disabilities).

Contact Information
Val Emrich, Director
Instructional Technology & School Library Media Program
Division of Instruction
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone:  (410) 767-0382
Fax:  (410) 333-2128
Email:  vemrich@msde.state.md.us
Point Smart. Click Safe – Task Force Recommendations for Best Practices for Child Online Safety
"Help KEEP KIDS CONNECTED and PROTECTED" - National Awareness Campaign to Keep Kids Protected Online
CLICKS - Internet Safety Campaign - Maryland Office of the Attorney General
Online Courses for MSDE CPD Credit aligned with Maryland Teacher Technology Standards
MD Technology Leadership Toolkit - Online Professional Development for School Administrators aligned to the Maryland Technology Standards for School-Based Administrators
A Platform for Good (Family Online Safety Institute)
Common Sense Media - Media and Technology Resources for Educators
 Related Sites
Maryland Virtual Learning Opportunities Program
Online Technology Inventory
MDK12 Digital Library
Technology Literacy by 8th Grade: Maryland Student Technology Literacy Consortium
Maryland Teacher Technology Standards (MTTS)
 Recent Publications
Maryland Educational Technology Plan for the New Millennium: 2007-2012
National Educational Technology Plan (US Dept of Ed)
Out of Print: Reimagining the K-12 Textbook in a Digital Age (SETDA)
State Education Policy Center (SETDA)
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