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An Epic Community!This national online community of practice (OCoP) will provide a dynamic environment for educators to collaborate, share their expertise, and have access to resources to strengthen their ability to plan, implement, and sustain technology-enabled learning initiatives. Community resources are organized around a process for planning and implementing technology-enabled environments like 1:1 computing, BYOT, and ubiquitous computing.Events, resources, discussions, and news support and are aggregated on the site around three main stages of planning and implementing technology-enabled environments: vision, planning, and implementation, with assessment integrated as an ongoing, formative and summative process. Community members can integrate into the community at any time to identify resources, discussions, and events to suit their current needs. Epic-ed is a part of the national Connected Educators Project, funded by the United States Department of Education.

The William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation will collaborate closely with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) to strategically focus on meeting the needs of following audiences:
  • Support from peers for making pedagogical shifts
  • Opportunities for collaboration (e.g., on lesson planning) leading to reduced feelings of isolation
  • Access to content specific expertise
  • Classroom management strategies for technology rich environments
  • Help using technology for ongoing assessment to inform instructional decisions

  • Guidance for vision, planning, and implementation from those who have launched successful initiatives
  • Reliable information and strategies used in other districts about key topics such as bring your owntechnologywww.iphone.lovely-world.net
    (BYOT), funding,Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), and cloud computing, etc.
  • Help connecting technology with other initiatives and requirements (e.g., Common Core Standards, Assessment 2014, turn-around of low performing schools, achievement gap, programs for ELL and SPED students, etc.)
  • Opportunities to connect and network with colleagues about lessons learned in implementing technology enabled programs

  • Strategies for supporting teachers/staff transition to technology-rich environments
  • Professional development models for content-specific resources, tools, and ideas
  • Access to effective policies, procedures, and problem-solving approaches for infrastructure, filtering, responsible use, and other issues
  • General collegial support


  • Support for BYOT environments
  • Content filtering—how to filter, how to monitor
  • E-rate—how to optimize funding
  • Integrating instructional management, student information, instructional improvement, and other systems
  • Which devices for which purposes?—tablets, chromebooks, ereaders, netwbooks, laptops, etc. Iphones