Digital Curriculum

How can you shift your educational institution to using more digital content, or even go entirely textbook-free? How does learning change when students have access to the Internet, online resources and a learning environment that goes well beyond the classroom walls?  This toolkit is designed to help school leaders and educators incorporate digital curriculum by showcasing the research-based practices that other schools and districts have used to great success.

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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 Content 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. 

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. 

Chooosing Digital Content for One-to-One Classrooms

For school leaders, many choices come in to play when bolstering one-to-one programs. Learn about how nex+Gen found built the right mix of resources for teaching and learning. 

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Visioning Schools - From Idea to Attainment

Leslie Wilson discusses both the vision and evidence found in effective and personalized learning environments in schools. 

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A Model for Personalized Learning

Technology integration frameworks come together in support of student personalized learning in this post. 

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Range of Use for Digital Learning

When choosing digital tools and learning activities, it is important to consider the impact on learning. Let this discussion on Metiri's 'Range of Use' be your guide to successful learning with digital tools.

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Tips for Successful Online Discussions

Today's anytime learning allows for online discussions to promote academics. Read Mike Gorman's advice for promoting effective online discussions for today's learners. 

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Video: Northwest ISD

See why students and faculty in this Texas district are excited about the "Latitude to Learn" 1:1 program.

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We Started a School!

Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia continues on the path of innovative student learning in the digital age by launching a second school. Learn about the process and mission for the new addition to the SLA.

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The Horizon Report K-12 Names Key Technology Trends

Read about recent findings on educational technology trends from a worldwide panel of experts. 

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Professional Development as a Key to Blended Learning Success

Blended learning and robust professional development make all the difference when it comes to the success of learning and technology in the classroom. 

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Personalized Learning for a Collective Purpose

You hear the term more and more these days but what  does "personalized learning" really mean? Here are some insights, drawn from a year of exploration and a recent deep dive.

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Introducing the New Active Learning Spaces Toolkit

Active learning spaces—scientifically proven to improve student success— are emerging as powerful tools for modern learning. Sponsored by Steelcase— a global company that manufactures furniture products and services—the K-12 Blueprint Active Learning Spaces Toolkit shows how to create the most effective adaptable learning environments to meet the evolving needs of students and educators.