School Technology

“Technology can be a powerful tool for transforming learning. It can help affirm and advance relationships between educators and students, reinvent our approaches to learning and collaboration, shrink long-standing equity and accessibility gaps, and adapt learning experiences to meet the needs of all learners.” - National Education Technology Plan

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) provides resources to support schools and libraries in using technology to improve educational outcomes in Minnesota. These technology resources combined with evidence-based teaching practices, strong leadership, a strategic vision, and robust infrastructure can transform teaching and learning.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in K-12

Information and resources for geographic information systems (GIS) in Minnesota included multiple types of programs that schools and teachers can use to introduce students to these tools allowing to implement the 2011 Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Social Studies strand on geospatial thinking.


Licenses for SketchUp Pro are available free of charge for all K-12 public school districts and charter schools in Minnesota. SketchUp Pro can be used to create 3D models that can be incorporated into multiple content areas including the arts, science, engineering, and math.

Digital Inclusion

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) has worked across several divisions and outside organizations to gather resources for districts, libraries, and community organizations to support digital inclusion work.