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Kentucky Department of Education. Digital Divide Secondary Committee December 18, 2013. 1. A Digital Day of KY K-12 student. http :// 2. 3. KETS Major Achievements Since 1992. 1 st state to have all districts and schools connected to the Internet.

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kentucky department of education

Kentucky Department of Education

Digital Divide

Secondary Committee

December 18, 2013


a digital day of ky k 12 student
A Digital Day of KY K-12 student


kets major achievements since 1992
KETS Major Achievements Since 1992
  • 1st state to have all districts and schools connected to the Internet.
  • Top state in K-12 cloud based computing.
  • Top state in K-12 product standards.
  • Top 5 state in access and use in instruction.
  • Top 10 state in Data Quality.
  • Top state in equity of access and services.
  • Top state stewardship of taxpayer funds.
  • Kentucky Top 10 state in education quality.


ease and equity of access
Ease and Equity of Access
  • End devices for students and teachers.
  • Fast Response (i.e., wireless and Internet speeds).
  • Quality Content.
  • Home.


the history of ky k 12 edtech funding has been peaks and valleys
The history of KY K-12 edtech funding has been “Peaks and Valleys”
  • 1990 Start of KERA.
  • Then steady drop of funding.
  • 1998 Surplus Funding.
  • Then steady drop of funding.
  • 2006 KEN and IDU initiative.
  • Then steady drop of funding.
  • 2012 KEN and KETS cut, IDU bond not reissued.
  • 2014?


withi n the past 4 years
Within the Past 4 years
  • Federal edtech funds have been cut 100% (30% reduction in the number of technology integration specialist positions in Kentucky schools).
  • KEN funds have been cut by 18%.
  • KETS funds were cut by 16%.
  • IDU funds have been cut by 100%.
  • 6-8 year crisis cycle since 1992.


tell survey results
Tell Survey Results
  • The percentage of the teachers surveyed in the 2013 TELL that feel the reliability and speed of their school's Internet connections are sufficient to support instructional practices (a decrease of 5 percent from 2011).
  • End devices too old and unreliable.


digital learning 2020
Digital Learning 2020
  • All students should be eligible for digital learning. Eligibility for full and part time learning options is key to a number of recommendations including advanced courses, world languages, and special needs, credit recovery, and dual credit.
  • Authorize multiple statewide online learning providers to expand full and part time options. Like recommendation #1, a multiple providers environment fulfills the vision.
  • Allow students to personalize their learning.
  • Support customized learning pilots.
  • Support competency-based learning pilots.
  • Plan for shift to online instructional materials by 2013-14.
  • Support the shift to blended instruction Assessment and Accountability (DLN 8, BNG 8).
  • Plan for online assessment by 2013-14.
  • Create a statewide online/blended learning authorizer/contractor.
  • Develop a fractional and performance-based funding model.
  • Create a program management office and fund the transition.


technology readiness survey trs
Technology Readiness Survey (TRS)
  • 5 years of empirical data.
  • District, groups of districts and state comparisons.


next generation kentucky education network ken kih3 update nov 2013

Next Generation Kentucky Education Network (KEN) KIH3 Update Nov 2013

“First Wave” bandwidth upgrades completed (42 Districts) in August 2013.

“Second Wave” begins in Nov 2013; monitor potential bandwidth issues .

“Third Wave” all districts on KIH3 by June 2014:

New Bandwidth Allocation model of 50 kbps/ADA.

Next FY request is for 100 kbps/ADA (funding dependent).


Students of All Ages that have Access to Mobile Devices Responded that they Use them for the Following Educational Purposes:
  • 74% check grades (e.g. they can check their grades by mobile app in Infinite Campus since Oct 2011).
  • 60% take notes.
  • 50% calendaring.
  • 44% communication- e-mail.
  • 40% school activities.
  • 70% Internet research.
  • 53% collaboration with peers.
  • 37% create and share content.
  • 35% record lectures.


6 th graders
6th Graders
  • 6th Graders are much more tech savvy and more likely to use emerging tech tools than their older siblings in high school.
  • 25% use e-textbooks, 50% have a cell phone and a third of those are Smartphones with data plans.
  • 50% of the 6th grade girls and a third of the 6th grade boys have Facebook accounts. That is a 125% increase in 2 years.
  • 22% are in virtual worlds (e.g., Second Life) and 50% play educational games.


electronic content delivery devices
Electronic Content Delivery Devices
  • Close to 70% of the parents believe on-line text books are a good investment. That number was just 21% in 2008. In Hancock County they plan to move totally away from paper text books as soon as possible.
  • Previously Hancock County paid $144 for a single new math book per student. For that same $144 they will get electronic text for not just one student but that $144 covers the cost for an electronic textbook for all students for that year.
  • The electronic textbook will automatically get updates placed in it and overall it costs half of what they would have had to pay with a normal 6 year commitment to a paper book.


blended learning
Blended Learning
  • 30% of students have experienced blended learning. Just two years earlier that was just 10%.
  • A blended learning environment also yielded similar high results: 81% report increases in high-stakes test scores, 63% report reduction in disciplinary action and 59% report dropout rate reduction.


student on line collaboration
Student On-line Collaboration
  • On-line collaboration with these mobile devices no longer limits students to face to face interaction.
  • They use Skype/Lync, Facetime, social networking, e-mail, IM and chat to interact with their peers while working together on school projects.
  • Online collaboration increases student engagement. 69% of schools reported a drop in disciplinary action and 62% reported a reduction in dropouts due to student’s online collaboration with mobile devices.


consolidation of devices
Consolidation of Devices
  • In both Hancock and Woodford County the iPads allow consolidation of other devices that districts or parents had to previously acquire.
  • For example, $120 no longer has to be paid by parents in Hancock and Woodford County for a graphing calculator for each high school student since there is a 99 cent iPad app that does the same thing.
  • The school no longer has to pay for student response systems (aka Clickers) that are used in their classrooms for formative assessments since the tablet can do that as well.
  • Also significantly reduces (by at least 50%) the printing and copier costs/needs of organizations.


kentucky k 20 initiatives
Kentucky K-20 Initiatives
  • Lync (observations, surgery, distance learning).
  • Grid Computing with KY K-12 and Louisville.
  • E-Transcripts between KY K-12 and KY colleges.
  • KET Encyclomedia K-12 and future teachers.
  • District 175 for future teachers.
  • Individual Learning Plan, College and Career.
  • Hickman County’s Falcon Academy.
  • P20 Data System


kentucky department of education1
Kentucky Department of Education


David Couch

Associate Commissioner

Kentucky Department of Education

Office of Knowledge, Information and Data Services (KIDS)