Digital Learning for All, Now: A School Leader's Guide for 1:1 on a Budget

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Corwin Press, Mar 1, 2012 - Computers - 178 pages
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Designing the practically paperless classroom

Imagine students carrying mobile devices instead of a backpack. This breakthrough guide shows educators how to affordably transform schools into digital learning centers. Jonathan P. Costa, Sr. outlines a step-by-step road map of solutions for overcoming budget and systems barriers and moving forward with a sense of urgency. His field-tested strategies show how to:

  • Acquire and pay for necessary equipment
  • Save money by utilizing open source, crowd sourcing, and Bring Your Own Device
  • Align instruction, assessment, curriculum, and professional development for a 21st century learning environment

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Contents

BEYOND A DOUBT DIGITAL IS THE FUTURE OF TEACHING AND LEARNING
3
The Future of Learning and Work Is Digital
4
The Rise of the Information Age
6
Access Is the First Step
7
Raising the Performance Bar
8
21st Century Skills
9
Proper Preparation for the Digital Age Requires Digital Access
13
Living in One World Learning in Another
14
The Power of Focus
82
Its All About ControlPart A Curriculum and Instruction
83
Redefine the Role of the Teacher
84
Replace the Textbook
85
Recognize That All Content Is Not Created Equal
87
Its All About ControlPart B Access and Equipment
88
Support Your Own
90
Attack the Damage Myth
91

Continued Investment in Print Is a Waste
15
Money Money Moneyand Other Barriers
17
Chapter Summary
21
GETTING TO 11
23
BYOD CROWDSOURCING HARDWARE AND CLOSING THE EQUITY GAP
25
Three Trends That Make BYOD Possible
26
The Browser and the Price Benefit of Open Source
29
Customize or Perish
36
Implementation Challenges for BYOD
38
The District Should Pay
39
Its About Equity
41
Networks Capacity and Security
44
Planning for the Issues and Adjustments Needed for BYOD
49
Chapter Summary
52
TAKE THE OPEN PATH THE BROWSER AND OPEN SOURCESAVING MONEY AND IMPROVING LEARNING
53
The History of Open Source
54
A Browser Shows the Way
55
Open Source Comes of Age
56
Impact of the App
57
The Rise of Google
58
The Answer Is in the Cloud
59
How Much Can We Save?
60
OpenSource Productivity Software Resources
61
Strategies for Supporting OpenSource Change
64
Balance the Pitch Between Function and Savings
65
Support the Change Support Each Other Support Yourself
66
Get Out of Your Building
67
Open Source and Online Instructional Materials
69
Long Live the Text
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Retrofitting Is a Waste
71
Free Engaging and Rigorous
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Wiki Is Not a FourLetter Word
74
Open Sharing of Resources
75
Six Strategies to Get Started
79
Chapter Summary
80
OVERCOMING BARRIERS TO SUCCESS STRATEGIES FOR DEFEATING THE INERTIA OF PRINT AND OTHER BLOCKING FORCES
81
One Size Fits All
92
Equity Is Not Synonymous With Sameness
93
Risk Aversion
95
Focus on Responsible Use Not Prohibiting Use
96
Understanding Common and Special Causes
101
Chapter Summary
104
BUILDING THE SYSTEM
105
SYSTEMS AND MEASUREMENT ALIGNING INSTRUCTION ASSESSMENT AND SUPPORT SYSTEMS WITH 21ST CENTURY OUTCOMES
107
Systems of School Improvement and Their Impact on 21st Century Learning
110
New Assumptions and Aligned Systems
112
Part 1Focus Focus Focus
114
Part 2Instruction and Assessment
123
Critical Support SystemsCurriculum and Communication
128
Professional Support Professional Evaluation and Resource Deployment
131
What Is Your Readiness for Realignment?
135
LEADING THE CHANGE PROCESS MODELING THE SKILLS AND BEHAVIORS WE EXPECT FROM OUR STUDENTS
137
Modeling the Change We Hope to See
139
Communication
141
Building Your Skills
142
Independence and Collaboration
144
Rationale
145
Innovation and Adaptability
146
Building Your Skills
147
Critical Thinking
148
Building Your Skills
149
Analysis
150
Evaluation
151
Building Your Skills
152
Supporting the Change
154
Personal Responsibility
155
Supporting the Change
156
Conclusion
159
GLOSSARY OF TERMS
161
REFERENCES
165
INDEX
169
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Jonathan P. Costa, Sr. is director of school and program services for the EDUCATION CONNECTION, a regional education service center in Litchfield, Connecticut. A former public and private school social studies teacher, educational consultant and businessman, Costa’s current responsibilities include supervision of the highly regarded Center for 21st Century Skills and the delivery of all professional development and consulting interventions on behalf of the agency throughout the tri-state area. Through his 30 years of service, he has provided close support for strategic and technology planning in dozens of districts, guided all manner of instructional improvements, as well as consulted on the promotion, identification, definition, instruction and assessment of 21st century skills. He is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences and his writings have appeared in publications as varied as Educational Leadership and Runner’s World.

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