Curriculum and Instruction: Providing multiple sources of high quality content offers students much greater opportunity for high level learning experiences. Districts that have this gear in place have planned for success in the following areas: College and Career Readiness/Deeper Learning, personalized learning, have curriculum that is collaborative, relevant, and applied, are leveraging technology while integrating 21st century skills.
Data and Assessment: Data, assessment, and data analytics are vital aspects to digital learning implementation. Visioning in this area requires thoughtful planning in the following areas: through a culture of evidence-based decision making, online assessments and a data system that supports a data culture, staff that is literate in data and assessment, and adaptive earning where data informs nstruction.
Professional Learning: For educators to be properly prepared to lead students to higher levels of achievement through digital learning, high quality, relevant, meaningful professional learning must be in place for all staff. In fact, professional learning should be personalized to ensure that school districts provide high quality support. This kind of support is essential to ensure teachers and administrators are prepared for and successful through this transition to new standards enhanced by digital learning strategies.
Districts and schools must have the following in place: A developed skillset for the digital age, diverse opportunities for professional learning, new responsibilities for collaboration, and broad-based participative evaluation. The shift from one-size fits all, sit and get professional learning, to a process that is meaningful, engaging, ongoing, job-embedded and relevant is vital.
Technology and Infrastructure: Educational technology, when properly implemented, offers students significant opportunities for high levels of learning described in curriculum and instruction gear; as well as enhanced teacher capabilities mentioned in the professional learning gear above.
Districts thriving in this area have a robust infrastructure, with meaningful technology tools including the following in place: Adequacy of devices in quality and availability, a robust network infrastructure, adequate and response support, and a formal cycle for review and refresh.