New site offers help with shift to digital education

  • Vision: Helps leaders define goals, guiding principles, and reasons for the transition. This cycle features a Readiness Assessment and guiding questions that focus on identifying stakeholders and outlining goals and strategies.
  • Plan: Guides stakeholders as they explore resources and helps leadership teams use data-driven decision-making. Users will find a Master Plan and Mapping Document to help them find resources and create detailed guidelines.
  • Implement: Leadership teams have a chance to update their goals and progress as they move through implementation. The Implementation Plan helps leaders as they move toward deployment.
  • Assess: In this phase, digital transition teams evaluate which policies, assessments, and technologies are right for their particular initiative. A Technology Integration Tool and a School Technology Needs Assessment offer guidance.

Each section is accompanied by a video and numerous web resources to support each phase of the digital transition cycle.

Epic discussions” in the community feature leaders from across the nation as they initiative and monitor discussions about digital transitions. Questions focus on topics such as what are the most essential elements of the redesigned education system, using one-to-one in math classrooms, and the importance of digital citizenship.

The site includes a blog, “Teacher Feature Fridays,” that will focus on student-centered instructional practice with technology in the K-12 classroom.

The National Association for Secondary School Principals’ School Administrator Series will feature a principal or assistant principal on a regular basis, who will blog about their school’s digital transition story for the epic-ed community.

The school/district profile locator tool gives school and district leaders the chance to provide additional information about their particular transition to digital education. The tool will use graphical mapping to give users the opportunity to see what schools or districts have had a similar experience and can help connect users to other schools and districts. Epic-ed leaders said they hope the tool will give users a sense of what is happening on a national scale.

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