4 Key Elements of Digital Transformation

How Design Thinking Was Applied to Accomplish Equity in Learning
Deagan Andrews

Working as the Director of Instructional Technology in Greeley-Evans School District 6 in Colorado, I’ve had the unique opportunity to fundamentally transform the architecture of teaching and learning to create personalized learning environments. I have done so in a school district that is not particularly affluent or cash-rich. These experiences have led me to think about equity, what digital curriculum and tech now make possible, and how to provide all children a high-quality education. The answer, I believe, is a blended approach to teaching and learning.

As we have implemented blended models in our schools in Greeley and Evans, we have noticed that the most successful models have four critical components in common:

  • Student ownership - Students are clear about where they are in their learning progression and become the drivers pushing to meet their own learning goals
  • Tight feedback loops - Students receive immediate feedback using digital tools and teachers receive real-time data to inform instruction
  • Targeted instruction - Students receive small-group & individual support tailored to their learning needs
  • Quality student-to-student interaction - Students engage in sustained academic conversations with their peers

This approach has provided teachers with the flexibility to implement blended models of instruction to best meet the needs of their student’s while also ensuring that implementations focus on research supported instructional practices.

As educators have an enormous responsibility to help our students take ownership of their own learning. This process will require meaningful feedback, targeted instruction, and quality interactions. I believe that leveraging technology will assist us in facilitating these responsibilities by creating a personalized learning environment for each and every student. In this way, students in Greeley, Colorado will be able to access a world-class education.

Deagan is the Director of Instructional Technology for Greeley-Evans School District 6 in Colorado. In this role, he is responsible for working with schools to design and implement personalized learning by leveraging blended models of instruction.

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