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Learning in the Digital Age

Technology is an essential component of learning today. With digital applications, tools and resources, students can create content, interact with experts, collaborate with peers and participate in simulation activities. Personalized experiences put students at the center of learning and empowers students to take control of their own learning through flexibility and choice. The National Education Technology Plan (NETP) calls for a “revolutionary transformation rather than evolutionary tinkering” in education and recognizes that we must leverage technology to provide engaging and powerful learning experiences for all students. Technology offers all students – urban, rural, low-income, ESL, special needs, high achieving – the opportunity to engage in dynamic learning activities. Education leaders at the federal, state, and local level have the opportunity to provide leadership to ensure that all students have personalized, engaging learning experiences. This resource provides guidance, resources and best practices to support these efforts.
  • Planning

    Districts are moving away from technology planning as a stand-alone activity in favor of more comprehensive planning efforts that include technology tools and resources as one overarching component of achieving school-wide goals.

  • Operations

    Operational considerations are an important component when transforming to a digital learning environment. Key areas include budget, procurement, interoperability, student data privacy and security, devices and technical support.

  • Professional Learning

    One of the most important components in the transformation to digital learning is ensuring that educators have adequate training to effectively use digital tools and applications. Sustainable professional learning models can positively impact the teaching and learning experiences.

  • Instructional Materials

    Effective planning is essential when selecting quality digital instructional materials aligned to standards, whether your state, district or school is selecting full course (core) materials or supplemental materials.

  • Equity & Access

    Technology planning, including planning for the acquisition of robust broadband, and wireless connectivity is essential as districts and schools transform to a digital learning environment. Rapidly changing technologies and new ways of using technology for learning suggest that this is an ever evolving process.

  • Stakeholders

    With this transformation to digital learning, it is important for stakeholders to share the importance of moving towards digital learning with constituents, as well as address some of the concerns that occur during the transformation. This section provides communication toolkits for a variety of stakeholders.

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