Supporting states and school districts in successful digital learning implementation
With the influx of new technology and increased connectivity, focused strategic planning is more important than ever to ensure digital learning opportunities for all students and educators. Most school districts have made investments in technology equipment, bandwidth and networking, training teachers and supporting both the technology and those using it. Many are looking at upgrading and expanding their use of technology either because of a specific initiative such as online assessment or for a broader push to a 1 to 1 program to accomplish specific school improvement goals. There are a number of factors for districts to consider as they embark upon this effort, key among them being planning, professional learning, software and digital content, broadband, devices, pedagogy and technology support. This resource is intended to provide guidance for districts to consider as they heighten their focus to ensure smooth implementation of digital learning. In addition, this resource includes proven resources and digital learning examples from across the nation to support discussions.
The full scope of teaching, learning and operational needs that call upon technology in today’s schools demands a thoughtful mix of devices and infrastructure in order to achieve a broad range of goals.
An educational environment that includes more and more technology for students and educators demands systemic professional learning to support teachers throughout their careers.
Content & Software
School districts must carefully navigate digital content and software options to best meet the academic needs of the students.
Easy access to reliable, robust, and cost-effective broadband and wi-fi provides the opportunity for engaging teaching and learning opportunities.
Choosing the correct device is critical to the success of a digital learning environment. Schools and districts vary in their approach to deployment of devices depending on budget considerations and needs assessments.
Rapid changes in the ways technology is used for learning require an approach to technology support (“tech support”) that reduces downtime and provides a fast, consistent, reliable experience for administrators, educators and students.
A wholly owned subsidiary of CDW (NASDAQ: CDW), CDW Government (CDW-G) is a leading provider of technology solutions to education, government and healthcare customers. The company features dedicated K-12 account managers to help districts choose the right technology products and services to meet their needs. The company’s solutions architects and engineers offer expertise in designing customized solutions, while its advanced technology engineers assist districts with the implementation and long-term management of those solutions. From network communications and notebooks to virtualization and mobility, CDW-G is dedicated to providing the best possible solutions and resources to its customers.
As an extension of that philosophy, CDW-G publishes EdTech: Focus on K-12, which offers best practices, features, product reviews and case studies, sharing real life applications. CDW-G also sponsors GetEdFunding.com, a free online resource for K-12 and higher education professionals and institutions to find grant opportunities to augment their budgets, expand critical programs and provide additional resources to their students.
For more information about CDW-G product offerings, procurement options, service and solutions, call 1.800.808.4239, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the CDW-G Web site at www.CDWG.com.
In our increasingly global economy, Intel recognizes that curiosity, critical thinking and a strong foundation in math and science are necessary for tomorrow’s workforce. That’s why Intel gets directly involved in education programs, policy advocacy and technology access efforts that enable today’s youth to develop skills they need to be the innovators of tomorrow. For example, the Intel Teach program, found at www.intel.com/teachers, has helped K-12 educators around the world integrate technology into their classrooms. Additionally, Intel hosts the K-12 Computing Blueprint at www.k12blueprint.com, an online resource offering planning tools for education leaders to effectively implement technology initiatives.
Curriculum Associates is a rapidly growing education company committed to making classrooms better places for teachers and students. We believe that all children have the chance to succeed, and this drives the decisions we make every day. Our research-based, award-winning products, including cloud-based i-Ready®, provide teachers and administrators with flexible resources that deliver meaningful assessments and data-driven, differentiated instruction for children. We serve millions of students with i-Ready® (adaptive diagnostic, online instruction, and practice apps for math and reading); Ready® (standards-based instruction build from scratch for the Common Core); BRIGANCE® (assessment and instruction for special education, early childhood, and Head Start); and other programs because of our laser focus on educators’ needs over our own bottom line and a belief that thoughtful and continuous innovation leads to a positive impact on classrooms and measureable growth for students.
Copia combines groundbreaking digital learning and assessment tools with unprecedented access to the most trusted educational content, and provides classrooms with access to all forms of content including enriched publisher supplements and Web-based multimedia resources. As students progress through their learning materials, educators can administer real-time student assessments that are aligned to specific learning standards, and leverage a suite of interactive tools to connect students with teachers, classmates and friends. By integrating with an institution’s SIS or LMS provider, Copia is able to provide the means for the differentiated and objective-based instruction that can ultimately enable all learners to succeed.