Thoughtful planning and sustained professional development are key elements of any digital learning initiative, but experts say there are many other important aspects, too—including a robust network infrastructure.

A network upgrade is a “critical” part of a digital learning project, said Sam Farsaii, chief technology officer for Texas’ Coppell Independent School District, during a Connected Educator Month webinar. Coppell operates a one-to-one iPad initiative in its high schools, and the project is moving down to the middle and elementary schools as well.

The district maintained a “bring your own device” initiative before implementing its one-to-one program, Farsaii said. “We realized that [students]...

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