Four keys to success with digital textbooks

3. Collaborative leadership. Strong leadership is the most important and essential part in ensuring a successful transition to digital learning.

4. Commitment to continuous support. The transition to digital textbooks is not guaranteed to be easy or quick. Remaining committed to a vision, and knowing what is essential along the way, will help make the implementation a success.

When moving to digital textbooks, school technology leaders also should consider:

  • The peak demand—when a school’s network will handle the most traffic from teachers and students.
  • Bandwidth costs, needs, and delivery methods.
  • Network security.
  • Connecting classrooms.

School leaders also must consider whether students will bring their own devices, or whether they will receive devices through the school. An IT staff’s ability to maintain student devices, as well as budgets, equity of access, and security, are some of the important aspects of such a decision.

Laura Ascione

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