Key ways to support your district’s digital transition

The move to digital can be overwhelming, but the rights steps lead to success

digital-transitionPlanning, enlisting stakeholder support, and identifying the “why” are among the most important steps when it comes to moving from traditional classrooms to digital, connected classrooms.

In fact, according to ed-tech experts and school leaders, technology decisions and purchases should come later, after those crucial steps.

A number of influential educators, stakeholders, and policymakers gathered for Discovery Education’s second annual Future@Now forum, which this year focused on steps and policies necessary to support and enable the nation’s transition to digital classrooms.

Transformational change, speakers and attendees agreed, requires strategic planning.

“We have to build awareness for ‘why,'” said Dallas Dance, superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools and a 2014 eSchool News Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards winner, as he discussed his district’s steps in planning for its digital transition.

(Next page: Educators’ digital transition tips)

Laura Ascione

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