North Carolina Digital Learning Plan

  • The North Carolina Digital Learning Plan has been developed to provide recommendations for state actions that will support K-12 schools as they become digital age learning organizations. It was prepared for the North Carolina State Board of Education and Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) by the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University, working in collaboration with educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders across the state.
    The Digital Learning Progress Rubric serves as a roadmap to support North Carolina’s educators and communities in the transition to digital-age teaching and learning. It is designed to help district or charter teams reflect on their current stage of development in digital learning and track their progress moving forward.

Technology Infrastructure and Devices

  • An effective digital learning transition requires that students and teachers in every school have ready access to the technology required for digital teaching and learning. While North Carolina has made great progress in providing broadband access to all schools, further work is needed to provide Wi-Fi networks within schools and connected devices for all students and teachers.

    State Goals

    • All schools have sufficient network capacity to fully support digital learning in all classrooms and workspaces by 2018. Sustainable funding and processes are available to maintain well-functioning networks in all schools thereafter.
    • Ongoing increases are found in (a) teachers’ and students’ ratings about their access to technologies, and (b) the number of schools that provide devices to every student.
    • Cost savings are obtained through economies of scale purchasing for both equipment and digital content.
    • All Districts are able to address community and home access to ensure digital resources are available to all students.


    CCS Accomplishments

    • CCS Technology Department maintains a 10 Gbps fiber ring network connecting all schools and other buildings together.
    • All Cisco switches used within the system are a minimum of 1 Gbps.
    • Fiber ran in between the majority of MDFs (main distribution frame) and IDFs (intermediate distribution frame)are single mode fiber capable of high bandwidth speeds.
    • Cisco wireless access points are installed in all classrooms.  All common areas such as media centers, gymnasiums, cafeterias, etc. have a minimum of two wireless access points.
    • All CCS classrooms typically are equipped with a desktop PC, projection (projector or television), and a document camera.
    • CIPA required content filtering is in place through Lightspeed Systems.