Future Ready

Digital Learning Environments as Connectors to Local/Global Communities

The school district has established a digital learning environment that offers students access, e-communication, resource libraries, file exchanges, and Web tools, which facilitate interactions among peers and between teachers, parents, and students in school and beyond. District leaders build digital citizenship in students and structure online communities that to ensure online safety and security.
Investigating (0-3) Envisioning (4-5) Planning (6-7) Staging (8-10)
District leaders review information on the critical elements of an online learning environment (e.g., access, eCommunication, resource libraries, file exchanges, and Web tools) that facilitate interactions among peers and between teachers, parents, and students in school and beyond. District leaders map the elements of a digital learning environment to its vision of personalization of learning, student-centered learning, deeper learning, and global and cultural awareness. In doing so, they envision student work, interactions, exchanges, and contributions at all levels, within the school and beyond, with local and global communities. Pilots of various aspects of the environment have been authorized and are underway. With stakeholder input and collaboration, district leaders build a plan that outlines the steps and milestones to establishing a digital learning environment, with outreach into local and global communities. They align the elements of that environment to its vision. The school reviews the results from various authorized pilots that test the elements of the environment to inform final decisions. District leaders finalize the technical specifications for a digital learning environment with outreach into local and global communities. They build and deploy the environment or authorize and fund a group to do so. They offer training and professional development to ensure effective use. Support structures are in place.