The Digital Learning Transition show

The Digital Learning Transition

Summary: The DLT MOOC-Ed is designed for school and district leaders, such as superintendents, principals, curriculum directors, technology directors, financial officers, instructional coaches, library media specialists, and lead teachers, as well as university faculty, consultants, parents and any others involved in planning and implementing K-12 digital learning initiatives. We invite participation from public, charter and private schools. While the course materials are U.S. focused, we invite educators from around the world and found that international perspectives enriched the experience for everyone in prior courses. There is no cost for participating in the DLT MOOC-Ed. We recommend, when possible, participation by teams from schools, districts or other organizations, since having local colleagues work together to relate the lessons from the DLT MOOC-Ed to their own context makes the course even more valuable. If a team is not available, individuals are welcome to participate on their own. The DLT MOOC-Ed is brought to you by the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University's College of Education and the Alliance for Excellent Education's Project 24. Dr. Glenn Kleiman and Dr. Mary Ann Wolf are the program directors, with many others from school districts and other organizations throughout the country contributing to planning and facilitating the course.

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 Unit 3 - Introduction | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:04:59

This unit extends the work we began in Unit 2 by providing information about digital learning transitions in additional schools and districts. You will be able to select resources about public (non-charter) schools; districts that participate in the Power on Texas initiative; and/or schools that represent models developed by charter school management organizations. During this unit, you will also review the goals and challenges statements prepared by other participants during the prior unit and work within your discussion group to develop recommendations of the most important things to include when communicating goals and challenges to your community. If you have not updated your statement at this point, you still may.

 Unit 3 - Expert Panel | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:33:08

The expert panel for Unit 3: School and District Digital Learning Transitions includes leaders from some of the example schools and districts highlighted in this unit: Mira Brown, Director of Development and External Relations, Summit Public Schools; Jon Deane, Chief Information Officer, Summit Public Schools; Jeremy Macdonald, Integrated Technology Systems Coordinator, Bend-La Pine Schools, Oregon; Rebecca McLelland-Crawley Science Supervisor for the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District.... The questions answered in the video are listed below, with the times they are answered: How is Summit Public Schools working with students and teachers to grow your digital transition? (Jon & Mira, 1:11); What has been your experience working as a teacher and coach in your district? (Jeremy, 3:04); What comes first, the culture change, or the technology? (Jeremy, 4:27); What has your experience been teaching and assisting other educators start a 1:1 initiative? (Rebecca, 5:45); Why aren't we asking students what they think this needs to look like? (Jon & Mira 9:08); What has been your experience with ownership based on student personalization of technology? (Jeremy, 13:58); Do you see students leaving K-12 more prepared for college and/or careers based on your initiatives? (Rebecca, 15:45); How do you view the "new" role of the teacher as you develop and implement initiatives to support the digital transition? (Jon & Mira, 18:22); Do you agree that the teacher as a peer collaborator is "bigger" than the roles in the classroom? (Jeremy, 20:55); How important is it to have an instructional coach/tech specialist to provide extra support in schools and districts? (Rebecca, 22:53); What is the balance between standardized testing and this "leap of faith" with the varied types of learning described? (Jon & Mira, 25:40); What advice would you share about leadership in schools and districts in order to be successful in this transition? (Mira, 28:01; Rebecca, 28:58); What advice can you share for leaders in districts and schools when they are planning for their own transition?(Jon & Mira, 30:48)

 Unit 3 - Introduction | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:04:59

This unit extends the work we began in Unit 2 by providing information about digital learning transitions in additional schools and districts. You will be able to select resources about public (non-charter) schools; districts that participate in the Power on Texas initiative; and/or schools that represent models developed by charter school management organizations. During this unit, you will also review the goals and challenges statements prepared by other participants during the prior unit and work within your discussion group to develop recommendations of the most important things to include when communicating goals and challenges to your community. If you have not updated your statement at this point, you still may.

 Unit 2 - Expert Panels - Lisa Andrejko and Ann McMullan | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:40:00

For this unit, we have three separate interviews with leaders from each of the four example digital learning transition initiatives, so you can choose those from the case studies you selected in 2.3. Lisa Andrejko, Superintendent, Quakertown Community School District, PA and Ann McMullan, Executive Director of Educational Technology, Klein ISD, TX. Questions discussed with Lisa and Ann: What does the digital learning transition look like in your school districts (0:50); How did your digital learning transition evolve over time? How long does it take to start to see a shift in teaching and learning practices? (13:50); How do you find the time to provide professional learning opportunities for teachers? (15:55); How important is it to have an instructional technology coach, specialist or facilitator within the school building? (19:10); How do you bridge between digital learning, focusing on 21st century skills and the 4 C2019s, and preparing students for standardized testing? (23:25); How do you use digital portfolios and and other alternative types of assessment in your digital learning transitions? (28:10); How have your teachers been transitioning from textbooks to digital resources? (31:10); What two things would you tell school and districts leaders who are just starting on their digital learning transitions? (36:10)

 Unit 2 - Expert Panels - Bette Manchester, Maine LTI | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:12:56

For this unit, we have three separate interviews with leaders from each of the four example digital learning transition initiatives, so you can choose those from the case studies you selected in 2.3. Bette Manchester, President, Maine International Center for Digital Learning and Founding Director, Maine Learning Technology Initiative. Questions discussed with Bette: Can you share more about the Maine Learning Technology Initiative and its sustainability (1:20); How did you plan a vision Maine Learning Technology Initiative's with stakeholders and what areas did you focus on while planning? (3:26); How did you construct your Leadership Teams in order to build capacity at the school and district level? (5:06); Can you describe the approach taken to provide Professional Learning opportunities (professional development) for teachers across Maine, particularly in the areas of Math and Literacy? (7:45); What tips do you have for schools and districts whom have create a vision, but need to generate buy-in within their community and school culture? (9:51)

 Unit 2 - Expert Panels - Scott Smith, CTO, Mooresville SD | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:23:02

For this unit, we have three separate interviews with leaders from each of the four example digital learning transition initiatives, so you can choose those from the case studies you selected in 2.3. Interview with Scott Smith, Chief Technology Officer, Mooresville Graded School District, NC. Questions discussed: As the CTO and someone with extensive curriculum and instruction experience, please share an overview of the Mooresville digital conversion initiative from your perspective. (1:00); What have you, along with other leaders and teachers, done to facilitate the shift in the culture of teaching and learning that has taken place in Mooresville? (2:50); What have you done to ensure community buy-in to the digital transformation in your schools? (5:10); What advice do you have for other school and district leaders beginning the digital transition process in their schools? (9:50); How does the digital transition changes how, when and where students can learn to provide more flexibility? (13:00); What were the biggest challenges you2019ve had to overcome in Mooresville and how have those evolved over the past five years? (14:20); How did Mooresville support professional learning to prepare teachers for the digital conversion? (20:30)

 Unit 2 - Introduction | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:08:16

Units 2 and 3 reflect an important assumption underlying this MOOC-Ed: The changes needed in K-12 education go beyond making current practices more effective to requiring significant changes in the culture of teaching and learning - changes in the expectations, roles and interactions of teachers and students. In these two units we will consider potential changes in what students are expected to learn, know and do; how, when and where teaching and learning take place; and how success is measured for both students and teachers. We expect a wide divergence of opinions and look forward to the exchanges around this topic. Our essential questions for Unit 2 are: What changes in the culture of teaching and learning would you recommend for your school or district? What do you see as the major challenges to making these changes? In this unit, you are asked to begin planning a draft statement of the goals you recommend to your school or district for updating teaching and learning and the major challenges in meeting those goals.

 Unit 2 - Expert Panels - Lisa Andrejko and Ann McMullan | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:40:00

For this unit, we have three separate interviews with leaders from each of the four example digital learning transition initiatives, so you can choose those from the case studies you selected in 2.3. Lisa Andrejko, Superintendent, Quakertown Community School District, PA and Ann McMullan, Executive Director of Educational Technology, Klein ISD, TX. Questions discussed with Lisa and Ann: What does the digital learning transition look like in your school districts (0:50); How did your digital learning transition evolve over time? How long does it take to start to see a shift in teaching and learning practices? (13:50); How do you find the time to provide professional learning opportunities for teachers? (15:55); How important is it to have an instructional technology coach, specialist or facilitator within the school building? (19:10); How do you bridge between digital learning, focusing on 21st century skills and the 4 C2019s, and preparing students for standardized testing? (23:25); How do you use digital portfolios and and other alternative types of assessment in your digital learning transitions? (28:10); How have your teachers been transitioning from textbooks to digital resources? (31:10); What two things would you tell school and districts leaders who are just starting on their digital learning transitions? (36:10)

 Unit 2 - Expert Panels - Bette Manchester, Maine LTI | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:12:56

For this unit, we have three separate interviews with leaders from each of the four example digital learning transition initiatives, so you can choose those from the case studies you selected in 2.3. Bette Manchester, President, Maine International Center for Digital Learning and Founding Director, Maine Learning Technology Initiative. Questions discussed with Bette: Can you share more about the Maine Learning Technology Initiative and its sustainability (1:20); How did you plan a vision Maine Learning Technology Initiative's with stakeholders and what areas did you focus on while planning? (3:26); How did you construct your Leadership Teams in order to build capacity at the school and district level? (5:06); Can you describe the approach taken to provide Professional Learning opportunities (professional development) for teachers across Maine, particularly in the areas of Math and Literacy? (7:45); What tips do you have for schools and districts whom have create a vision, but need to generate buy-in within their community and school culture? (9:51)

 Unit 2 - Expert Panels - Scott Smith, CTO, Mooresville SD | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:23:02

For this unit, we have three separate interviews with leaders from each of the four example digital learning transition initiatives, so you can choose those from the case studies you selected in 2.3. Interview with Scott Smith, Chief Technology Officer, Mooresville Graded School District, NC. Questions discussed: As the CTO and someone with extensive curriculum and instruction experience, please share an overview of the Mooresville digital conversion initiative from your perspective. (1:00); What have you, along with other leaders and teachers, done to facilitate the shift in the culture of teaching and learning that has taken place in Mooresville? (2:50); What have you done to ensure community buy-in to the digital transformation in your schools? (5:10); What advice do you have for other school and district leaders beginning the digital transition process in their schools? (9:50); How does the digital transition changes how, when and where students can learn to provide more flexibility? (13:00); What were the biggest challenges you2019ve had to overcome in Mooresville and how have those evolved over the past five years? (14:20); How did Mooresville support professional learning to prepare teachers for the digital conversion? (20:30)

 Unit 2 - Introduction | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:08:16

Units 2 and 3 reflect an important assumption underlying this MOOC-Ed: The changes needed in K-12 education go beyond making current practices more effective to requiring significant changes in the culture of teaching and learning - changes in the expectations, roles and interactions of teachers and students. In these two units we will consider potential changes in what students are expected to learn, know and do; how, when and where teaching and learning take place; and how success is measured for both students and teachers. We expect a wide divergence of opinions and look forward to the exchanges around this topic. Our essential questions for Unit 2 are: What changes in the culture of teaching and learning would you recommend for your school or district? What do you see as the major challenges to making these changes? In this unit, you are asked to begin planning a draft statement of the goals you recommend to your school or district for updating teaching and learning and the major challenges in meeting those goals.

 Unit 1 - Introduction | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:10:08

In this first unit, we focus on how K-12 education needs to be updated in order to prepare our students for success in college, careers and citizenship in the global digital age.

 Unit 1 - Introduction | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:10:08

In this first unit, we focus on how K-12 education needs to be updated in order to prepare our students for success in college, careers and citizenship in the global digital age.

 Unit 1 - Expert Panel | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:30:51

Please review the panel discussion with experts from across the country. It is provided as both a video and a podcast, so you can use it in whichever form you prefer. The questions addressed and the time of each are shown below the video so you can jump to specific topics that are most relevant to you. Panelists: Erin Frew, Principal, New Tech West Public High School, Cleveland, OH Pam Moran, Superintendent, Albemarle County Public Schools, VA Ira Socol, Design 2015 Program Manager, Albemarle County Public Schools, VA Gail Pletnick, Superintendent, Dysart Unified School District, AZ Questions discussed What are you doing in your district or school to make digital learning a reality for all students? 1:13 What was the role of the teacher in your school or district's digital transition, and what does teaching and learning look like now? 16:43 How have you managed to support morale and ensure that teachers are on board and have ownership of your digital transition? 27:00 Once you created a vision, how did you make a digital transition happen in terms of budget and resources? 34:15 What are 1 or 2 pieces of advice you can give to leaders in a position like yours as they begin with a digital transition? 45:20

 Unit 1 - Expert Panel | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:30:51

Please review the panel discussion with experts from across the country. It is provided as both a video and a podcast, so you can use it in whichever form you prefer. The questions addressed and the time of each are shown below the video so you can jump to specific topics that are most relevant to you. Panelists: Erin Frew, Principal, New Tech West Public High School, Cleveland, OH Pam Moran, Superintendent, Albemarle County Public Schools, VA Ira Socol, Design 2015 Program Manager, Albemarle County Public Schools, VA Gail Pletnick, Superintendent, Dysart Unified School District, AZ Questions discussed What are you doing in your district or school to make digital learning a reality for all students? 1:13 What was the role of the teacher in your school or district's digital transition, and what does teaching and learning look like now? 16:43 How have you managed to support morale and ensure that teachers are on board and have ownership of your digital transition? 27:00 Once you created a vision, how did you make a digital transition happen in terms of budget and resources? 34:15 What are 1 or 2 pieces of advice you can give to leaders in a position like yours as they begin with a digital transition? 45:20

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