This half-day free workshop, offered by the K-12 Digital Consortium, has been designed primarily as a way to develop a common vision and begin the networking process for districts interested in joining the Consortium.  However, some district members have chosen to send additional teams from their district to this event, as they found it a valuable professional development and networking opportunity.

Date and location of next offering: Not finalized yet

Who should attend the workshop

Districts applying for membership will need to send representatives of the leadership team in charge of technology innovation in their schools to this workshop before they can be accepted as members.  These teams usually include at the very least the person ultimately in charge of digital conversion, a curriculum decision-maker, Chief Information Officer/instructional technology coordinator, and a business/finance staff. 

How to register

Capacity in each workshop is limited, so please register ASAP, and at least a week in advance of the workshop date.  To register, please send an email to LiDACenter indicating your district’s desire to participate in a specific workshop, along with the name and role of the district representatives who are planning to attend the workshop; you will be notified whether your request can be met as soon as possible and will also receive specific instructions about a preliminary assignment your team will need to complete before coming to the workshop. If you have any questions about your team composition or the workshop, please email Dave Miller (dmiller@warner.rochester.edu).

Questions informing the workshop

Key Essential Question: How can the consortium best support each district’s efforts to leverage digital technology to improve student learning?

Additional related questions:

  • What is our vision for digitally-rich teaching and learning?
  • What can we learn from research and other districts engaging in technology innovations?
  • What are current resources and services that the Consortium can provide to members?
  • What is our long-term vision for the Consortium?

Workshop’s Learning Goals

  1. Develop a shared vision for what successful digital conversion should look like
  2. Develop a shared vision for what it takes to successfully implement district-wide digital conversion
  3. Begin the networking process among Consortium members by sharing best practices and experiences about a few selected topics of special interest to the participants
  4. Become aware of what the Consortium can currently provide to support districts at different stages of their digital conversion journey
  5. Develop a shared vision for the Consortium moving forward

Workshop Agenda/ Key Activities

1. Setting the Stage:

  • Welcome and framing of the workshop; overview of agenda and use of Padlet
  • Introductions by district (name and role of each workshop participant)

2. Developing a common vision for Digital Conversion:

  • Analysis of digitally-rich learning experiences
  • Introducing the SAMR (substitution-augmentation-modification-redefinition) model

3. What needs to be in place to successfully engage in district-wide digital conversion?

  • Identification of key conditions – from research and local experiences


4. Learning from each other:

  • At your table, share ideas and experiences about selected questions/challenges
  • Large group reporting back and discussion

5. Developing a shared vision for the Consortium:

  • Brief review of what the Consortium can currently provide, and members’ benefits and expectations
  • At your table, generate a “wish list” of Consortium services moving forward

6. Closing:

  • Introduction of follow-up assignment
  • Participants’ key take-aways