The Learning Counsel presents journals, papers and briefs on critical topics in Digital Education.
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The New Digital Divide
Ensure all students have equitable access to quality digital literacy instruction.
Though broadband use and school hardware availability are at an all-time high, a new digital divide has appeared.
Today’s students carry cell phones in their pockets that are more powerful than the NASA command center that landed men on the moon in 1969, but many still do not have the basic technology skills they need for success in school and in life.
This skills gap is apparent in the recent analysis of scores earned by students on online versus paper and pencil versions of assessments developed by Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC).
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Download this paper to find out how we are solving the new “digital divide” so that no matter what class a student is in or what school he or she attends, they have equal opportunities.
5 Ways Robots Transform Every Class to a STEM-Class
Robotics might just be the most powerful instructional approach currently available.
Basic computer literacy skills are vital for today’s students. The skills learned in a technology-focused class are becoming applicable to virtually every career field. But even beyond that, robots, coding and related technology bring learning to life and open the curiosity door that has been closed for many of our under-engaged students.
Here are five ways to use robots to transform your classrooms, inspire curiosity and re-engage all students—and significantly increase teacher satisfaction.
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As more and more schools make robot-based teaching and learning a central part of the regular daytime classroom experience they will see students—both boys and girls—gain interest. Take a look at 5 ways you can implement STEM in your school or district.
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What do you do if you are in the middle of teaching, and the network fails? That’s not just a theoretical question today—it happens. BYOD initiatives and “digital first” learning models are bringing a tidal wave of demand to IT departments. This technology transition is causing everyone from Superintendents to IT directors to teachers to see that most districts are not ready for the challenges that come with going 100% digital.
There is no ignoring the fact that to achieve quality digital learning today, next generation education networks must be implemented immediately. And until then, a network crash is a high probability—thus our Crash Guide to help your teams put crash plans in place, so that everyone knows what to do when the network goes down.
A network crash isn’t funny, so included in our guide are five network readiness steps to ensure your network is built for density. Download today. The guide is FREE.
Enter a New Golden Age: Going 100% Digital in Education
There are many questions schools will need to answer as they transition to digital teaching and learning. The recommended starting place is with the underlying infrastructure, and therefore, one of the first questions is: “How is a school’s or district’s broadband and network scaling going to change to meet these new demands?”
To find an answer, the Learning Counsel reached out to Summit Public Schools and spoke with Bryant Wong, their Chief Technology Officer.
Important questions discussed include:
What has been Summit’s technology evolution?
How is Summit’s infrastructure set up and how has that enabled transformation?
What was the data and research which led to Summit’s network build-out? What is the key to a successful shift to 1:1?
And finally, what advice can be shared with other districts are they take their next steps?
Determine Your Position on the Scale of Digital Equity
Providing digital equity to every student is much more important than just giving them the ability to complete homework at home. It’s about how to deliver new learning opportunities. Educators have arrived at a crossroads where pedagogy meets network technology. As a district leader, initiatives that enable high-quality digital learning and provide services and support to your instructors for teaching anytime, anywhere on any device, are increasing in importance.
The Learning Counsel 2016 Digital Curriculum Strategy Survey found that even though eighty to ninety percent of schools have network coverage, it’s not enough to support the burgeoning use of digital curriculum. Most educators consider the network to still be “unreliable.”
This brief examines how schools are facing the problem of digital equity and explores the main considerations for districts as they start their digital transformation.
To LMS or Not? The Transition Challenge and Building the Next Generation Learning Ecosystem
The Learning Counsel has been taking a good hard look at the many options available to schools and districts to bring together all the pieces between curriculum and technology. Our hope is to better define where we’re going and help all to evolve best practices for transformation.
As executives traverse this transitional continuum path, there are many questions. And, no matter how far along this path a school or district is—some being rich in digital resources, and many others nearer the beginning of this undertaking—almost all lack enough organization.
Download the Journal-Poster to explore these issues and get answers to important questions, including:
What was Coachella USD’s strategy and process to move over to devices and digital curriculum?
What are options and solutions to one of educations biggest “thorns in it’s side” – multiple log-ins for teachers, students and administrators?
What are the vital priorities to confront before making the transition to digital curriculum?
Learning Wonderland: Conquering the Mad, Mad World of Digital Content
Today’s digital natives are more and more living in a learning wonderland of shiny devices and software, that presents them with materials which are both educational and entertaining, as well as personalized (backed with full machine learning), scaffolded and standards aligned, while supported by slick assessments to make sure nothing important is ever missed. The Learning Counsel examined what leading executives in this space are confronting and the innovative solutions they’ve deployed.
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"Zombies” are more than just compromised networks, they’re tech that is so old it’s practically the walking dead. Transitioning to smart networks solves more than bandwidth, it solves many security issues while also getting agile, with the ability to adapt quickly to the introduction of new services.
This issue brief explains the current challenges of maintaining broadband and other networking services that work—as one Chief of Information and Technology put it—“as invisibly and reliably as a light switch.”
Schools now need an infrastructure that handles all of the data communication needs—wired, wireless and cellular.
This Poster Journal includes details of Santa Ana California’s successful personalized learning program; an analysis of PD strategy and tips to keep yours on the right track; an intervention story from inner-city DC that achieved 0% truancy.
Guiding Principles Drive a Successful District Realignment
Wayzata Public Schools had uneven growth and a need to make changes. With the right tools, data and approach they effectively and efficiently made changes that garnered school board and community support with a year to implement the recommended changes.
Next-Generation Networks for Full Coverage Digital Curriculum Models
Effective planning of next-generation network and security architecture is a complex task that is critical now more than ever for all districts and schools. While most educational institutions have well-qualified IT personnel with good working knowledge of existing operations and technology, many can benefit from help when defining a roadmap for the future and deciding how to incorporate new technology as we transition away from textbooks to digital curriculum delivered over all manner of devices.
Whatever your work entails, this playbook is here to help you guide others towards achievement. In these pages, we chart a clear path to help you celebrate and motivate through measurement. Today, we have more forms of measurement at our disposal than ever before. This dizzying array of metrics can be overwhelming, but also full of promise. Up ahead we’ll offer tools and strategies that will help you utilize measurement to create change!
“Growth mindset” is a popular term these days in the actual and digital hallways of education, but it is much more than just the flavor of the month. It’s a way of changing the culture of a school, the dynamics of a classroom, and a student’s conception of her or his intelligence. But how does it work? What does it look like in practice? This playbook will offer the answers to those questions.
App Planning for Instant Classroom Teaching & Learning
This brief discusses a bold idea for apps in the classroom now that 50% of students nationally have access to computing devices for part or all of the day. This brief also showcases research and provides highlights on several key classroom app-planning points.
2013-2014 Digital Curriculum Strategy for K12 Schools
This brief addresses digital curriculum strategy from the viewpoint of innovation in K12 districts. It first defines a Digital Curriculum Strategy and then covers processes for developing a workable Digital Curriculum Strategy in your area.
School District Partnerships Help Colorado K12 Blended Learning Take Flight
Blended learning is a versatile teaching method that combines in-person instruction with online learning in the classroom, lab, or other work space including home. This paper focuses on syste m-wide efforts in three Front Range school districts and a group of rural districts in the San Luis Val- ley. The report also provides a list of state and national resources for schools and districts looking to implement blended learning techniques on a limited or system-wide basis and questions to consider prior to starting.
District Digital Conversion Empowering Personalized Learning
How do we go from a status quo, paper driven organization, to a more progressive and engaging digital school system? This is a question many school district leadership teams are wrestling with today. It is very important to address this question because the mechanics of going digital can sometimes be daunting. However, additional and even more important questions to ask are: What defines success and how will a district know it’s attaining success?