Managing a Successful Digital Transition: Five Key Principles

Each of the successful digital transitions I’ve seen has been guided by five core principles. In no special order, here are the five core principles I’ve observed:

1. A focus on learning drives success.

In the successful district-wide digital transitions I’ve seen, the school systems consistently focused on a specific learning goal, not technology. This focus was driven primarily by district leadership, who played a central role in defining expectations for instruction and articulating what this transition should look like and feel like during classroom walkthroughs.

2. Students and teachers need help navigating the oceans of digital content.

Not all digital content is equal. While the internet is awash in free digital content purported to be appropriate for classroom use, we believe standards-aligned High Quality Digital Content (HQDC) specifically developed for diverse student audiences and curated by experts for ease of access is among the most powerful resources available to school systems seeking to improve equity.

3. Effective digital transitions are thoughtfully planned, executed, and measured.

Effective digital transitions begin with a succinct description of goals and a vision for meeting those goals that is shared with teachers, students, parents, administrators, community members, and other stakeholders. From there, successful school districts generally align professional development to their goals and create and implement a comprehensive content plan that ensures students and teachers access to High Quality Digital Content.

4. Communication is key.

Teachers, parents, students, and other community stakeholders alike need to understand why their school has decided to make the digital transition, so it is critical that the necessary stakeholders are in the transition early and often. School districts that successfully make the digital transition have done an outstanding job communicating the importance and benefits of the digital shift to their community and have created detailed communications plans intended to help keep various stakeholders informed of developments.

5. The Digital Transition is seen as a true cultural shift.

The digital transition is more about the people involved than the technology. Schools and districts that ignore this often wonder why they are constantly in the technology replacement phase or why their students’ devices have become expensive digital notebooks.

The information for this post was taken from a Tech&Learning Advisor Blog Post by Coni Rechner, follow this link for the complete article and more details.