There’s no question that digital transformation is dramatically shifting the education landscape. In the Consortium for School Networking’s (CoSN) 2019 survey, 55 percent of respondents say they have implemented 1:1 programs in their schools. This is a significant increase from the 2014 survey which showed that only 23 percent of schools had implemented a 1:1 program. Yet we know that digital transformation is about more than just the technology that powers it. While devices and software are becoming a ubiquitous part of the modern classroom, digital transformation is a robust ecosystem that combines this new technology with an effective implementation strategy.
Typically, the digital agenda is led from the top down – school or district administrations are, in large part, responsible for championing a digital transformation strategy. I’ve spoken to many educators over the years who have shared their experiences with the tech adoption process. Time after time, I’ve found that administrators who combine a culture of strong leadership and a clear strategy are best poised to drive digital advancement in their respective schools.
When rolling out new technology, administers are primarily focused on cost and immediate impact, teachers are looking for intuitive, yet powerful, solutions, and IT staff are concerned with managing the platform, ensuring security, and simplifying the implementation process.
These three groups of stakeholders have different considerations, but the same goal: establishing the best possible learning environment for their students. Imagine how effective they could be if they came together and collectively made decisions on implementing new technologies to drive digital transformation.
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