The Learning Counsel presents journals, papers and briefs on critical topics in Digital Education.
Most will require registration in order to access them, but they are all free.
Escaping Zombie Networks in Education
"Zombies” are more than just compromised networks, they’re tech that is so old it’s practically the walking dead. Transitioning to smart networks solves more than bandwidth, it solves many security issues while also getting agile, with the ability to adapt quickly to the introduction of new services.
This issue brief explains the current challenges of maintaining broadband and other networking services that work—as one Chief of Information and Technology put it—“as invisibly and reliably as a light switch.”
Schools now need an infrastructure that handles all of the data communication needs—wired, wireless and cellular.
This Poster Journal includes details of Santa Ana California’s successful personalized learning program; an analysis of PD strategy and tips to keep yours on the right track; an intervention story from inner-city DC that achieved 0% truancy.
Guiding Principles Drive a Successful District Realignment
Wayzata Public Schools had uneven growth and a need to make changes. With the right tools, data and approach they effectively and efficiently made changes that garnered school board and community support with a year to implement the recommended changes.
Next-Generation Networks for Full Coverage Digital Curriculum Models
Effective planning of next-generation network and security architecture is a complex task that is critical now more than ever for all districts and schools. While most educational institutions have well-qualified IT personnel with good working knowledge of existing operations and technology, many can benefit from help when defining a roadmap for the future and deciding how to incorporate new technology as we transition away from textbooks to digital curriculum delivered over all manner of devices.
Whatever your work entails, this playbook is here to help you guide others towards achievement. In these pages, we chart a clear path to help you celebrate and motivate through measurement. Today, we have more forms of measurement at our disposal than ever before. This dizzying array of metrics can be overwhelming, but also full of promise. Up ahead we’ll offer tools and strategies that will help you utilize measurement to create change!
“Growth mindset” is a popular term these days in the actual and digital hallways of education, but it is much more than just the flavor of the month. It’s a way of changing the culture of a school, the dynamics of a classroom, and a student’s conception of her or his intelligence. But how does it work? What does it look like in practice? This playbook will offer the answers to those questions.
App Planning for Instant Classroom Teaching & Learning
This brief discusses a bold idea for apps in the classroom now that 50% of students nationally have access to computing devices for part or all of the day. This brief also showcases research and provides highlights on several key classroom app-planning points.
2013-2014 Digital Curriculum Strategy for K12 Schools
This brief addresses digital curriculum strategy from the viewpoint of innovation in K12 districts. It first defines a Digital Curriculum Strategy and then covers processes for developing a workable Digital Curriculum Strategy in your area.
School District Partnerships Help Colorado K12 Blended Learning Take Flight
Blended learning is a versatile teaching method that combines in-person instruction with online learning in the classroom, lab, or other work space including home. This paper focuses on syste m-wide efforts in three Front Range school districts and a group of rural districts in the San Luis Val- ley. The report also provides a list of state and national resources for schools and districts looking to implement blended learning techniques on a limited or system-wide basis and questions to consider prior to starting.
District Digital Conversion Empowering Personalized Learning
How do we go from a status quo, paper driven organization, to a more progressive and engaging digital school system? This is a question many school district leadership teams are wrestling with today. It is very important to address this question because the mechanics of going digital can sometimes be daunting. However, additional and even more important questions to ask are: What defines success and how will a district know it’s attaining success?
CASE STUDY: Gale-Cengage Learning at McKinley High School
This paper highlights the results of the McKinley/Gale Study Project conducted by Project Tomorrow for Cengage Learning at McKinley Technology High School in Washington, D.C. The purpose of this efficacy study is to evaluate and document how teachers can use high-quality, digitally rich Gale resources to develop students' 21st century skills and what effects the use of technology in the classroom has on student engagement and performance.
To help transform educational systems through digital curriculum strategies; enhance the creative construction of digital learning resources between teachers, administrators and publishers; and ultimately help all learners everywhere become more engaged in knowledge acquisition for life success.