Are you ready get your online learning courses off and running at your school? Do you have a team that is responsible for implementing an innovative digital curriculum? What matters most is how teachers and students use technology to develop knowledge and skills that support curricular goals and assessment practices. Here are a few best practices from innovative K-12 school systems that have successfully implemented their online programs.
1. Set goals for your digital curriculum.
A digital curriculum is much more than a textbook delivered electronically. Rather than replacing your current textbook or teaching plans with an online version, consider how a digital curriculum can help you reach your school’s strategic goals.
2. Bridge the “digital divide” with planning.
A digital curriculum requires schools to have the necessary infrastructure and technology to deliver true digital content. This requires adequate bandwidth, wireless broadcasting, and necessary student and teacher personal technology.
3. Use digital content to shift your students to active learning.
Use interactive and engaging digital content to encourage students to become active learners. Digital technologies give students unprecedented control over the content they consume and where and what pace they consume it. A digital curriculum can allow students to critically analyze, create, publish, and innovate—to take control their own learning!
4. Make digital content easy for teachers to use and share.
Consider how materials can be shared throughout your school or district. Areas to pay special attention to are: tagging lessons for easy access, incorporating components of UDL (Universal Design For Learning), procedures for copyright, labeling standards, keeping materials up-to-date, reviewing for quality.
5. Use your digital curriculum to make time for the activities you value.
You can use your digital curriculum to infuse your classroom with attributes that can improve student learning. Popular areas to consider: Use eLearning materials to provide personalized feedback, digital literacy, STEM-focused PBL (Project-Based Learning), new instructional components and ongoing assessments.
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