Use of Time: In a traditional paradigm, time has long been considered the constant, whereas learning was the variable. Today, digital learning strategies have enabled schools, districts and states with the ability for learning and outcomes to be the constant, and time to be the variable.
Educators recognizing this vital aspect of digital learning have the following in place: anytime-anywhere learning, new pedagogy and learning environments for personalized learning, learning that is competency-based, and strategies that provide extended time for projects and collaboration.
The work of Project 24 is supported by a team of 18 experts, nationally known for their leadership in digital learning. Tech Savvy Superintendent of the Year, Lisa Andrejko, Superintendent of the Year Pam Moran, and Mooresville Graded School District CTO Scott Smith are a few of those who contribute through blog posts, Google Hangouts, Webinars, providing advice and insight into proper implementation and planning.
Content for Project 24 has been a collaborative effort with national organizations such as Consortium of School Networking (CoSN), Digital Promise, National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), International Society of Technology Educators (ISTE), among others. In a similar fashion, a number of states, including Rhode Island, West Virginia, Maryland, and New Mexico, have used the Project 24 framework and supporting materials in statewide efforts to plan for progress.
Multiple times each year the Alliance for Excellent Education, in conjunction with the Friday Institute at North Carolina State University, host a Digital Transition MOOC that is aligned to the Project 24 gears. This MOOC is offered FREE for school leaders and includes expert advice, planning tools, discussions and collaboration between school districts to navigate the implementation waters through a rock solid online, open course. This course has been completed by thousands of educators, who in utilizing the Project 24 framework to guide the digital learning transition, have benefited school districts and students around the nation.
Please join Governor Wise and his call to action, demanding a plan for progress in your school, district, and state. The plan to articulate a systemic vision for leveraging digital learning to achieve the goal of college and career readiness for every student. This summer, we suggest districts or schools mobilize a team, and take the self-assessment as well as peruse the resources and materials. In early August, a new website will be available with more resources and several pathways to help districts develop a customized plan for progress by visiting www.plan4progress.org.
Tom Murray currently serves as the State & District Digital Learning Policy & Advocacy Director for the Alliance for Excellent Education out of Washington, D.C. He recently served as the Director of Technology and Cyber Education for the Quakertown Community School District in Bucks County, PA. Connect with him on Twitter @thomascmurray.