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Getting Started: Practical Tips for Going Digital

DLD Google Hangout on Air Webinar


Getting Started: Practical Tips for Going Digital

Rich Kiker
, Director of Online Learning, Palisades School District (Pennsylvania)
Tom Murray, State and District Digital Learning Director, Alliance for Excellent Education
Kyle Pace, Instructional Technology Specialist, Lee’s Summit School District (Missouri)
Tony Sinanis, Principal, Cantiague Elementary School, Jericho School District (New York)
Amber Teamann, Assistant Principal, Wylie ISD (Texas)

On Monday February 23, 2015 the Alliance for Excellent Education held a Digital Learning Day Google Hangout that explored practical tips and strategies for getting started with digital initiatives.

With billions of dollars invested in educational technology each year, there is always a new set of devices, software, applications, and digital tools competing for the attention of educators and education leaders. Whether you are starting a schoolwide digital initiative for the first time or simply looking to refresh the digital learning toolbox in your classroom, what questions should you ask before going digital?

During this Google Hangout, the Alliance’s Tom Murray was joined by Rich Kiker, Kyle Pace, Tony Sinanis, and Amber Teamann to discuss how the new Future Ready Schools effort can provide a great framework for “digital decision making” at all levels. The webinar covered the following:

  • Strategies for mastering the art of blended instruction.
    How do instructional techniques influence the choice of digital tools?
  • Professional learning in Future Ready Schools.
    How does a more collaborative approach to professional learning empower teachers and allow them to more effectively integrate new digital tools?
  • A “yes culture” of leadership.
    What kind of leadership is necessary for digital initiatives to be successful?
  • Support from the school community.
    How can educators create greater transparency and buy-in from parents, students, and other members of the school community?

Panelists also addressed questions submitted by viewers from across the country.

The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC–based national policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship.

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