Strategies for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Our Digital Learning Framework
You read the post on the definition of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment and you thought, “Duh, I know what it is. How do I do it?” No worries. Help is here! There’s no question that adjusting curriculum, instruction, and assessment to encourage digital learning is a big task. The good news is that even small steps can make a big difference at the beginning. Here are strategies for curriculum, instruction, and assessment that districts and schools can do to help them move toward an effective digital learning environment.
Strategy 1: Start small, get early wins
There are several frameworks for 21st Century skills and deeper learning, including one created by Metiri Group. ISTE’s new students standards, set to be released soon, can also provide some guidance. There is no rule that these skills must be tackled in their entirety. The best way to ensure success is to integrate a few that are well-aligned with other school/district initiatives and do it well.
Strategy 2: Get people on board
Buy-in from key people will go a long way toward a successful model for personalized learning that is relevant to students’ current and future lives. This means bringing in stakeholders from throughout the district, school, and community to represent all interests, including educators, employers, community organizers, students, and parents. Bring this group together with the charge to establish common definitions and share them far and wide.
Strategy 3: Let people shine
When it comes to technology integration, there have always been those who are on the leading (sometimes the bleeding) edge. There are also those who are maybe less flashy, but are doing great things in their classrooms, using technology to enhance teaching and learning. While the high-fliers are usually easy to see, the innovative, quiet types may be better able to relate to other teachers. Seek them out, help build their skills, encourage them as leaders, and provide them with a forum to share their ideas with others.
Strategy 4: Know where you’re at
Educators are good at assessing students on a regular basis, but not always as good at assessing ourselves. If there is no concrete evidence of progress, people will lose sight of the plan and be distracted by the next shiny object to come along. This assessment doesn’t have to be intense, it could be interviews with a few educators or a 4-item surveys of students or parents. Something quick and easy that the school or district can use to determine how things are going is a great place to start. Don’t forget to share the information, in a newsletter, blog, tweet, pin, local newspaper article—any forum that allows you to get the word out!
These are just some starter ideas. If you have already done these and need help moving to the next level, contact us! We’d love to help out! Remember that if you want data to inform and monitor progress with input from multiple perspectives, check out TRAx Digital Learning – the cost is low for high value data.
Next week we’re on to defining the next piece of the framework: Use of time.