Technology changes quickly, with educators and administrators often racing to catch up. Sometimes the bigger the school district, the longer it can take to make what happens inside classrooms as engaging as what students encounter outside our doors.

But just as chalkboards have given way to interactive whiteboards, so can your school system bring all aspects of teaching and learning into the digital age.

Here are five ways to get started in creating digital learning environments:

1. Prioritize professional development.
Focused professional development has been one of the main keys to our district’s digital transition success. Our technology integration framework allows administrators and teachers to identify where instructional activities fit, complemented by professional development around core classroom technology, such as Google tools and interactive whiteboards. Make sure that staff has a solid understanding of what meaningful technology integration looks like and how to develop activities that integrate technology in a purposeful way. Help school-based and central office administrators sharpen their vision for effective technology integration and transitioning to the use of digital textbooks and other online resources. Continue professional development on using digital textbooks and other online resources to create effective learning activities for students.

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About the Author:

Dr. Maxwell is the Chief Executive Officer for Prince George’s County Public Schools, one of the 25 largest school districts in the U.S. with more than 132,000 students.


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