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10 Ways You Can Make Your Transition To Digital Content A Success
10 Ways You Can Make Your Transition
To Digital Content A Success
time & money
to provide 21st
Why make the digital transition?
The one-size-fits-all education model is rapidly
being replaced by the transition to digital
learning environments tailored to individual
student needs. Having a solid grasp of
technology is no longer a choice, it is a
requirement for entry into the workplace, and a
prerequisite for college and career readiness.
Henry Ryan, Learning Bird CEO
Taking education beyond the textbook can be a
daunting task but it is imperative that schools
have a well-built plan and the right tools in place
to make it a success.
Top 10 things to ensure that your digital
transition goes off without a hitch.
All stakeholders and members of your educational community need to be on board:
● Library Media Specialists
● IT Technicians
● Curriculum Specialists
● Ed Tech Consultants
Everyone plays an important role
1: Collaborate from the start
Pro tip * Without their support and commitment from the word go, you will come across more
hurdles than you bargained for.
“In a country where we expect free wifi with our coffee, the least we can do is
expect that our schools are properly wired.”
● Investing in infrastructure and classroom technology will ensure your teachers and
students can take advantage of a new culture that embraces digital learning.
● With more and more kids having access to high-speed internet connectivity outside of
the classroom, they can have 24/7 access to learning materials when and where they
2: Be Connected
3: Have Quality Devices in Place
At Mooresville Middle school every
child in grades 3 – 12 gets a
MacBook Air laptop.
As the location of the President’s
ConnectED initiative speech, it is
becoming something of a poster
child for tech in the classroom.
A study by PBS media
found that 74% of
technology is a student
The integration of devices has changed the
way teachers teach by taking the focus off
the them, and putting it on their students, so
that they are taught to think for themselves.
4: Use Content in ‘Smart’ Formats
But the term ‘smart’ formats, that doesn’t just mean a playground of
uploaded textbooks, videos and scanned worksheets, which consequently
ticks the box for ‘going digital’.
It means a well-organized, aligned content library where
you can easily find relevant content for you.
Learning Bird’s digital content library matches lessons to grade level,
subject, textbook, and curriculum.
Curriculum alignment means that teachers can easily plan lessons and find
content that pertains to their curriculum goals.
5: Prioritize 21st Century Teaching Skills
With a new culture of digital
learning, it is imperative for teachers
to embrace new ways of teaching
and adapt their instructional
methods to the developing learning
needs of their students.
Check out this blog post on
‘How to Become a 21st Century Teacher’
A 21st century educator needs to
adapt, to collaborate, to flip, to
facilitate, to question, and to relate.
6: Provide Professional Development
Not everyone is instinctively tech savvy.
Not everyone is aware of the tools at their disposal.
Not everyone feels comfortable or confident in altering their learning and teaching habits.
Providing professional development for your teaching
community is a must in the ongoing implementation process.
7: Connect With Home
Check out this blog post on
‘Connecting School & Home’
With online tools students can have a consistent
learning space between home and school.
Students are confident that their learning needs
are understood by both their school and their
Inform parents of what’s to come, what is
expected of their child, and how they can assist
in the learning process.
8: Walk, Don’t Run
● It’s not a race and it doesn’t happen overnight. Your digital
transition needs a well thought-through and realistic plan.
● Every school and district will have their own roadmap and take
their own unique path to success.
● The more carefully you consider each element of your digital
transition plan, the more likely it will be to have a positive impact
on your school culture and student achievement.
9: Evaluate & Adjust
Practice makes perfect!
What works? What doesn’t? How can it be improved?
Use the insights available to you to make better evidence-based
Learning Bird’s reports allow you to monitor and analyze students’
progress and engagement on one easy-to-use dashboard so you can
keep track of a whole district, a school, a class or even one student.
Learning has never been this smart.
10: Don’t Make The Decision Too Late
In a recent report conducted by The State Educational Technology Directors Association,
Out of Print: Reimagining the K-12 Textbook in a Digital Age, it is recommended that:
If the commitment is not made immediately, major funding will go towards providing students
and teachers with static, inflexible content that will be in place for five to ten years, depending
on the length of the cycle.
States and districts commit to beginning the shift with the next
major “textbook” adoption cycle, completing the transition by
no later than the 2017-18 school year.
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