Keeping up with new developments and navigating the overwhelming amount of information available is a key challenge with digital initiatives. This section of the website was created to provide some support in this area – but without any claim of being comprehensive!
GETTING STARTED WITH A TECHNOLOGY-RICH TRANSFORMATION
Is your district currently considering how to best leverage digital technologies to significantly improve student learning and preparation for the 21st century?
To help you develop a common vision for what you want to achieve and plan your first steps to start on that journey, here you’ll find selected activities and resources to address the following key questions:
• Why should your district engage in “digital transformation”?
• What might digitally-rich classrooms look like?
• What does it take to implement digitally-rich teaching well?
• What can you do next to get the process started?
DIGITAL TOOLS (UNDER DEVELOPMENT)
How many apps are you using? There are so many digital tools that can be used by teachers – new ones show up every day, and previous ones continue to evolve! It can be daunting for teachers and administrators to make decisions about what to select, support, and build into the instructional process across time.
You can find help in this section in two complementary ways:
- Digital Tool Reviews: Here you’ll find online resources that provide reviews of digital tools being used in k12 schools
- How to support specific teaching practices: Here you’ll find supportive insights for integrating digital technologies – including examples of a few specific tools that can be used to get started – to support the following teaching practices:
b. Conveying information
c. Promoting collaborative learning
d. Differentiating instruction
DIGITAL CONTENTS (UNDER DEVELOPMENT)
One of the main strengths of digitally-rich teaching is freedom from the constraints of a textbook and the ability to access rich multi-media instructional materials – but how do you get the digital content that is right for your classroom? While there is no easy answer, this section was created to help in the following complementary ways:
1. Ask your librarian! School librarians are skilled in identifying resources that may fit your needs – and more and more librarians are trained to do so with digital as well as print resources. Gain some tips about how to make the best use of your school librarians’ skills by watching a few short videos by local school librarians.
2. Selected sources for digital content: Here you’ll find links to a few websites that other teachers and school librarians have used to locate digital contents appropriate to K-12 students and curricula, along with some information about how to best take advantage of these sites.
3. Tips for creating your own digital materials: Many teachers have found it valuable to create digital contents for their students – rather than trying to find it “ready-made”. Here you’ll find several shared guiding principles for creating high-quality digital materials for your students, as well as information about tools you may want to use to create these digital materials.
Internet Resources (UNDER DEVELOPMENT)
Many digital resources are publicly available on the Internet to support teachers – but where to look for what you need? Without any claim of offering a comprehensive set of curated resources, as a starting point in this section we have collected links to websites, blogs and other online materials suggested by educators in our community as valuable for other educators.