Model Demonstration Coordination Center

Cohort 8 Stepping Up Technology Implementation

The Ohio State University Nisonger Center

Scaling-Up EnvisionIT: A Model for Teaching 21st Century Skills to Students with Disabilities

The Ohio State University Nisonger Center, together with national experts, students with disabilities, parents, teachers, and administrators, will develop and test a model of program implementation and sustainability for a web-based curriculum called EnvisionIT. This evidence-based online high school curriculum teaches 21st century skills in three core competency areas: information technology (IT) literacy, transition planning, and reading. The project will work with three national organizations: the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center, the National Association of State Directors of Special Education, and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. Representatives from all three organizations, as well as other key stakeholders, are committed to EnvisionIT scale-up with 700 students with disabilities, across 12 high schools, in multiple states.

EnvisionIT will be refined in order to:

Update content to reflect the most current IT literacy and 21st Century core concepts

Validate alignment of curriculum with the new English Language Arts Common Core Standards

Strengthen transition planning activities

Revise unit quizzes to increase construct validity

Include relevant independent living and financial literacy skills

Include video and interactive multimedia for students.

The following products to support program implementation will be developed:

School technology capacity tool

Online multimedia for teachers, administrators, and parents

Migration of EnvisionIT into a sustainable platform.

The Scaling-Up EnvisionIT model will provide an innovative opportunity for students with disabilities to learn the essential skills they need in order to succeed in the 21st century.

Contact Information

Dr. Margo Izzo
Principal Investigator
Ohio State University


Alexa Murray
Project Manager
Ohio State University


Shannon Prince
Program Assistant
Ohio State University


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