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Planning for Digital Content Toolkit
How can you shift your educational institution to using more digital content, or even go entirely textbook-free? The path isn’t the same for every school, but there are some common steps to take. This toolkit is designed to help school leaders and teachers successfully implement digital content into their learning curriculum using a step-by-step approach.
- Step 1: Develop a Team
- Step 2: Develop a Plan
- Step 3: Build the Infrastructure
- Step 4: Build a Digital Curriculum
- Step 5: Consider Devices
- Step 6: Learning Management Systems (LMS)
- Step 7: Security and Privacy
- Step 8: Teacher Training
|Getting Started with Digital Content||
The first step to going digital is to develop a strong network of professionals working together to support the various components of a digital program. A well-defined team that meets regularly will move the objectives of a district forward.
|Digital Content in the K-12 Classroom||
Today's digital technologies are revolutionizing the way people communicate and learn, causing many education experts to re-examine the role of print content in the classroom.
|Challenges and Solutions||
Although there are many benefits to implementing a digital curriculum, it is not without its challenges as well. Consider the following challenges that you might encounter when migrating to digital content.
|Making the Move to Digital Content||
Digital learning environments are the key to addressing what one might call the "three C's" of learning today. 21st century students are required to be sophisticated consumers, interpreters, and users of content. Our schools need to teach them to consume, collaborate, and create.
With game-based learning, online lessons, virtual simulations and multimedia, digital content can help students engage in personalized learning experiences at school and at home.
|Learning Management Systems||
If your district is making the move toward a digital curriculum, you will likely want to consider implementing a learning management system. A learning management system (LMS) is an online platform that enables the delivery of materials, resources, tools, and activities to students both in and out of the classroom environment. It allows teachers to offer tailored instruction that can be accessed by students anytime, anywhere without geographic constraints.
|Digital Content Checklist||
Before you begin implementing digital content, use the attached checklist to evaluate your school’s readiness for a digital curriculum.
|Digital Content Case Study: Irving ISD||
The Irving Independent School District (IISD) is located in the center of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolis, and for 100 years it has been offering students the best resources available to achieve a quality education. The district serves about 35,000 students representing 99 different countries and speaking 67 languages. IISD is a minority-majority district, with 67% of its students coming from Hispanic heritage and 39% English Language Learners (ELL). About 73% of students in the district qualify for free and reduced lunch.
|Digital Content Case Study: Kent SD||
The Kent School District, located south of Seattle, is the fourth largest district in the state of Washington. It is a minority majority district with a diverse student population, over 120 languages spoken, and nearly 50% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.
|Digital Content Case Study: Vail SD||
Located in southeastern Tucson, Vail School District (VSD) is ranked the top largest school district in Arizona with over 10,000 students enrolled in grades K-12. The district’s region has experienced immense residential and commercial growth over the past decade, leading the district to expand rapidly with new schools and alternative education options.
|Parent and Teacher Resources||
Includes links to valuable tools and websites.