Shifting to Digital

Personalized Learning Shift

When considering digital instructional materials, in addition to the quality standards for print materials, leaders need to ensure that the materials will be easily and seamlessly accessible for all learners. In addition, the digital version of materials should leverage technology tools and resources so that it is dynamic, interactive and engaging.

Digital Considerations

Access: Both high-speed broadband and device access, in and out of school, are critical to fully implementing digital instructional materials to support college and career goals.

Interoperability Considerations: The acquisition of complementary systems that work together is a necessary condition to efficiently implement digital instructional materials and resources and maximize the benefits of those resources.

Accessibility for All Students: Providing accessibility for all students must be a consideration when acquiring, developing and implementing digital instructional materials.

Resources: SETDA Digital Content Essential Conditions and ISTE Digital Learning Essential Conditions

Key Questions

  • If digital, how will you deliver the content ? Do you use a content delivery system/learning management system?
  • Is the content dynamic ? Does the digital version offer more than a simple PDF of the text ? Does it leverage technology tools to provide interaction and customization?
  • Is the content fully accessible ?
  • Is the content interoperable across systems ?
  • Does your school/district have the technology capacity to deliver content efficiently and effectively?
    • Does your school/district have adequate internet access to fully utilize the instructional materials (i.e., speed, reliability)?
    • Do students have ubiquitous device access in school?
    • Do students and teachers have ubiquitous device access out of school?
    • Is the broadband infrastructure sufficient for simultaneous access for most users?
    • Is wi-fi available on campus in all learning spaces ?
    • Do all students and teachers have internet access at home, and/or the community to effectively utilize the instructional material at any time?
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