Sonoma County Office of Education

Technology for Learners


SCOE advances the use of technology in Sonoma County schools by providing curricular services and technical support to create 21st century learning opportunities. SCOE works collaboratively with districts and nearby counties to fund and sustain meaningful education work with technology. Services in the following areas are available via SCOE class offerings, by consultation, and with special custom service agreements.

  • Use of technology in K-12 settings: Coaching, skill development, and training focused on the integration of technology for whole class, small group, and personalized learning
  • Digital learning resources: Selection and use of digital learning materials such as digital texts, supplemental learning programs, and learning management systems
  • Assistive technology: Selection and use of electronic tools to provide information access and self-expression among students who have learning differences
  • Data and assessment: Support for leadership groups and data teams using electronic tools to monitor student achievement

Sonoma County Robotics Competition
The 2017 Sonoma County Robotics Competition will take place on May 6, 2017 at Elsie Allen High School in Santa Rosa. Check out videos from the 2016 competition:

2016 Robotics Challenge

2016 Robotics Challenge (11:59)
This YouTube video highlights events from the 2016 competition. Watch here

Upcoming Professional Development

Materials Shared from Recent Professional Development Activities
12 Resources for Improving Use of Tablets in Your Classroom Session Handout
Activating STEAM in Grades 3-8 with Lego Robotics Challenge Activities Session Handout
Designing Wi-Fi Networks to Maximize Learning Session Notes
Emerging Technologies to Help Students Who Struggle in ELA Session Notes
Hands-on Exploration of STEM Resources for K-6 Session Handout
iMovie for iPads: An Introduction to Uses in K-12 Settings Session Handout
Introduction to MinecraftEdu Session Notes
Transitioning from Paper to e-Books Session Handout

Spotlight Spotlight on Sonoma County Schools Integrating Technology
Breakout EDU- Activating Collaboration & Critical Thinking
Annual Press Democrat insert featuring stories from numerous Sonoma County schools
5th Grade Connections from Russia
Robotics at Maria Carrillo- Student Voice in Action
RVUSD Summer Tech Institutes
New Active Learning Environments in Petaluma City Schools
Minecraft: A New Twist on California Mission Projects
Robotics Programs at Cotati-Rohnert Park’s Technology High
Mark West Elementary: Website & Watershed Learning
Healdsburg High School’s Computer Science Program
Prestwood Teacher Coding with Kindergartners
Petaluma’s 6th Grade Academy, a 1:1 Pioneer
Steve Williams, Santa Rosa Accelerated Charter School
Digital Media Class: Creativity with 21st Century Tools

New Technology Audit Service Offered
Technology is an essential component of the modern classroom, requiring school districts to have the proper devices for students and teachers, a reliable infrastructure, maintenance and technical support, as well as training for staff. The Sonoma County Office of Education is offering a new service that can assist LEAs in this important area. Called a, “technology audit,” this service helps schools review their existing technology capabilities highlighting strengths and needs. Read more...

Digital Citizenship Learning Materials
Digital citizenship is about building safe spaces and communities, understanding how to manage personal information, and about being internet savvy. A recent technology survey by Sonoma County school districts found that digital citizenship was among the highest-ranked areas of need cited by respondents. How can K-12 schools support learning about digital citizenship? One strategy is to have agreed-upon content that students at all grade levels consider each month. To support this effort, SCOE is featuring monthly, grade-specific resources from Common Sense Media that focus on a specific monthly theme. Access these excellent resources.

Technology Planning
School planning teams do well to have three- to five-year plans for their schools. Although written plans have been required for various funding initiatives in the past, there are no current requirements. Plans are important because they offer a common understanding of what a district is seeking to achieve with technology. They should address at least six areas: vision for technology, network infrastructure, devices for students and teachers, maintenance and technical support, staff professional development, and budget. Read more about technology planning in these Technology for Learning blog posts:

Bellevue IT Director Articulates One-to-One Technology Needs
2015 Horizon Report: Technology Trends for K-12 Education
Technology Purchase Tips: Total Cost of Ownership
Establishing a Vision for Technology and Learning

Assistive Technology
Technology has helped people with disabilities gain greater independence and integration in our society. Speech recognition systems, electronic communications, smart phones, robots, and artificial intelligence are transforming people's lives. As schools move to mainstream and provide full inclusion environments for persons with disabilities, it is important that teachers are aware of possibilities with assistive technologies. Read more about assistive technology below.

Success for All Students: Assistive Technology
Google Chrome: Powerful Assistive Technology Resource

Test Drive TechnologyTake a Test Drive: Tech Devices & Activities
SCOE’s technology “Try Before You Buy” program is a great way for schools to see how technology can be integrated into teaching and learning. Take a look at the class sets of devices we now have available for checkout and the growing collection of resources focused on Common Core and Next Generation Science themes. Learn More...


  • Rick Phelan, Director, Technology for Learners
    (707) 524-2847,