Content standards and related digital curriculum
resources that are aligned with and support digital age learning and
What is it?
Technology is best able to enhance learning when educators
use it intentionally within the adopted curriculum. As part of any systemwide
initiative, a curriculum framework is needed to pair defined content standards
with digital curriculum resources that are aligned to the content learning
A curriculum framework guides both how and when technology
is used for learning. It ensures that technology is applied:
- In ways that address real-world skills
learn the right skills at the right times for the right reasons.
meet specific learning objectives
Why is it important?
Technology is all too often applied as an add-on to existing
curriculum. To maximize its potential benefits — such as the development of
higher-order thinking skills — educators must weave it into the curriculum in
such a way that the tool matches the desired learning outcome. A curriculum
framework bridges the gap between overall curriculum goals and the use of
technology for learning and teaching.
What does it look like?
Technology standards should inform and support the
curriculum framework. For example, the Common Core State Standards include
technology proficiencies in the array of knowledge and skills students are
expected to build. In this way, technology use becomes part of the learning
objective itself rather than simply a means of achieving