Digital Curriculum

How does learning change when students have access to digital resources and a learning environment that goes beyond the classroom walls? This toolkit is designed to help educators incorporate digital curriculum by showcasing the research-based practices that other schools have used to great success.

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All Digital Curriculum toolkit files

A zip file containing all of the downloadable files listed below

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Digital Curriculum Toolkit Resource Matrix

An easy-to-use overview of the resources found within the K-12 Blueprint Digital Curriculum Toolkit, along with suggested uses. 

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K-12 Blueprint Digital Curriculum Graphic Organizer

A one-sheet PDF that includes the graphic organizer and more details about the K-12 Blueprint Digital Curriculum toolkit.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Instructional Delivery

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. 

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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.

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Digital Curriculum Checklist

Before you begin implementing digital content, use the attached checklist to evaluate your school’s readiness for a digital curriculum.

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Digital Curriculum Resources

These resources can be used to assist in digital curriculum planning and implementation

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Parent and Teacher Resources

These resources for parents and teachers include links and tools to websites for digital media, sites for educational app reviews, internet safety and online privacy and family media management. 

Bibb County School District builds a centralized data center and deploys thousands of new client systems

Georgia’s Bibb County School District wanted to transform the educational experience and expand access to technology for its 25,000 students. The district deployed thousands of new Dell* desktop, laptop, and Ultrabook™ systems equipped with Intel® Core™ i5 processors to help improve learning outcomes and increase student engagement.

Math is One of Many Stars at Walter Payton Prep

Math teams and contests, exciting electives, collaborative problem solving, and a culture of experimentation and exploration make this Chicago Magnet School a very special place.

Redefining Learning in Maine Township, Illinois

Teacher-led professional development, a student “genius desk,” a 1:1 initiative featuring Dell Chromebooks, and oodles of collaboration all characterize High School District 207’s transformative approach.

Small Pilots Lead to a Successful 1:1 Program in Hillsborough, NJ

Four years ago, when the Hillsborough Township Public Schools started discussing 1:1, they were determined to take a careful and thorough approach to hardware planning. Their decision to adopt Chromebooks and Android tablets grew out of three years of pilots involving a variety of devices.

Miami-Dade Focuses on Equity in its 1:1 Initiative

When you’re planning a 1:1 initiative for a district the size of Miami-Dade Public Schools – the nation’s fourth-largest district – it’s crucial to have the infrastructure and a PD plan in place, along with a vision and support at every level.

Narrowing the Divide and Nurturing Tech Experts in Sterling Morton Schools

96 percent of students at the Chicago-area Morton 201 High School District qualify for free or reduced-price lunch but that didn’t stop the district leadership from finding ways to get Dell laptops into students’ hands for one-to-one use.

Goodbye, Textbooks; Hello, Tech

Vail School District in Arizona embraces the digital life with its Beyond Textbooks initiative, now in its sixth year.

Teamwork Takes This Texas District’s 1:1 Program to the Next Level

It’s been several years since we first profiled Klein ISD’s one-to-one program. In this update we look at what’s happened over eight years in this pioneering district.

A Shared Vision Yields Results in Huntsville, Alabama

A one-to-one program in grades 3-12, involving Intel-based laptops and partnerships with industry and the community, helps narrow the digital divide.

Planning and Rebuilding with Help from HP Chromebooks

Brick Township Public School District, in Ocean County, NJ, has built a thriving program where student learning comes first. In the wake of a devastating hurricane, teachers, leaders and tech personnel worked as a team to plan and implement their most recent educational technology initiative. Intel-powered HP Chromebooks are a key component of this student-centered middle school program.

BYO, Chromebooks and Innovative Learning in Southeast Texas

A robust wireless infrastructure, Google Apps for Education, student-owned devices, and Acer Chromebooks are the perfect backdrop for innovative classroom learning in Dayton ISD.

1:1 Laptops Set the Stage for District-Wide Innovation

Twelve years ago, Roanoke County Public Schools (RCPS) in Virginia handed out Dell laptops to the ninth-grade students at its new high school and students attending the Engineering Academy. Today, all 5,000 high school students and 1,400 teachers in the district are part of the Dell Latitude 1:1 program.

Going 1:1 with Chromebooks in North Carolina

Google Apps for Education and other cloud-based resources are crucial to learning in North Carolina’s Union County Public Schools, so it’s not surprising that the district chose to place rugged Lenovo Chromebooks in the hands of all students in grades 6-12

A One-to-One District Eight Years Later

Debbie Rice, of Auburn City Schools in Alabama, talks about her district’s choice of HP 2 in 1 devices; effective professional development; and how to sustain one-to-one.

Rebuilding and Re-inventing Schools in Joplin, MO

Joplin Schools was already planning to overhaul its curriculum when the unthinkable happened: On May 22, 2011, an EF-5 tornado devastated the town, damaging or destroying half of the district’s 20 buildings, causing more than $100 million worth of damage, and leaving more than 4,000 students without a school to attend.

Innovative Digital Curriculum at 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 Curriculum at 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

Focusing on Learning in River Dell, New Jersey

Several years ago, administrators and teachers at River Dell Regional High School in Oradell, NJ, sat down with a group of parents, students and other stakeholders to rethink the school's educational program. 

10 Inspiring Lessons From An Almost Analog Native - Back To School 2015

It was a normal first day back to school. The building was still quiet and still. I could sense there was an air of extreme excitement and anticipation in the air. I sat at my desk and pondered the reality of a new year wondering about the new faces I would greet.  I already knew that all too soon I would be waving good bye to another group I had come to know so well.

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Bringing Learning into the 21st Century at MDCPS

A new video showcasing educators bringing blended learning and engaging content to fundamentally transform education at Miami Dade County Public Schools. See how their new technology is changing they way they teach. 

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NJDOE Report on Budgeting for Digital Learning

The New Jersey Department of Education released a report called Transformative Budgeting for Digital Learning which aims to help schools and districts through the budget process for transitioning to digital curriculum.

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Game Changer - Microsoft's OneNote Class Notebook Creator

There are times when a certain resource is a true game changer for teaching and learning. Marianthe Williams describes collaboration, digital learning and more found with the use of OneNote. 

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Going One-to-One in Manteca (CA) with Windows 2-in-1 Devices

It doesn't take a lot of money or an upscale community to implement a successful digital initiative. Administrators and teachers from Manteca USD, in California's Central Valley, share what's working for them.

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Project Tomorrow: Personalized, Powered Up and Hyper-Connected Learning

Leslie Wilson illuminates the results from Project Tomorrow Speak-Up. View the ways in which these results demonstrate the headway made in transforming schools to personalized, powered up, hyper-connected ecosystems.

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Getting to Scale

How do schools scale excellence and innovation so that it reaches more students across the district? Read Donna Teuber's thoughtful and keen insights for scaling innovation. 

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Thinking Outside of the Box, v2.0

Is your organization innovative? David Jakes examines the necessary shift needed for being an innovative school. 

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Going Digital is as Easy as 1 2 3

Manteca School District superintendent, Jason Messer, describes the comprehensive approach his district took to going digital. Learn how it helped the successes to add up. 

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Removing Roadblocks

For true innovation to take place, leaders need to build a culture of support for teachers. View Donna Tueber's valuable tips for bringing the right culture into being.

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Introducing the New Get Active Guidebook

The adoption of active learning techniques means discarding the traditional notion of what a “classroom” is and developing a new type of contemporary learning space: one that is more flexible, agile adaptive and equipped with technology to both personalize and expand conditions for learning.

The comprehensive research, real-world examples, insights and exercises contained within the pages of Get Active: Reimagining Learning Spaces for Student Success provide that crucial first step for any educator or administrator looking to support today’s learners with active learning concepts that will best prepare them for tomorrow’s world.