A school- or district-wide digital learning strategy provides a
paddle to help steer your organization toward its learning and teaching goals.
It's the shared vision educators rally around to guide effective technology
In Wisconsin, award-winning ed tech advocate Kurt
Kiefer helped develop a
statewide digital learning strategic
plan that serves as a blueprint for schools
as they transition toward digital age instructional models.
"Our goal was to leverage technology to not only save teachers time
but add value for the kids," he said. "What should we be advocating for?
Enhancing high-quality instruction, where it really becomes much more
student-centered instruction, but without breaking the back of the
He recommends addressing the following areas in your digital
Your organization's core values
Before you do anything else, clearly identify your organization's
core values and make sure every part of your digital learning plan aligns with
those values. Wisconsin's strategy revolved around three key values, Kiefer
- Ensuring equitable digital access for all students
- Creating personalized learning experiences
- Leveraging technology for applied and engaged
"We kept grounding ourselves back in those core values," he said.
As a result, "we've been pretty successful in moving forward with the plan and
arguing for why we need to implement it."
Eliminating rework for teachers
From curriculum planning to ongoing assessment, teachers have a lot
to do. Technology does not replace teachers, yet it can make their lives less
difficult and free them up to focus more on creating meaningful learning
experiences. An effective strategic plan should include directives to leverage
tools that increase efficiency and help reduce teacher
"Teachers do a lot of rework when it comes to curriculum
development, and we've got to stop that," Kiefer said. "Every profession in the
world is using technology to make things easier, and we should be doing that
Digital learning provides unprecedented opportunities for
personalizing learning to meet the unique needs of each student. Online tools
can allow students to "move on different paths at different paces without
creating insurmountable paperwork for teachers to manage," Kiefer said. Take
advantage of them by making differentiated instruction a priority in your
Creating an organizationwide digital learning strategy is no small
task, but it's a vital step in guiding the use of technology to improve learning at all
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