The Future Ready Framework

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

This webinar was designed to help educators and leaders shift curriculum, and instruction into both a digital age and the age of college- and career-ready standards. Making the shift to a rich curriculum that meets today’s higher, college- and career-ready standards is no easy task. Educators are confronted with choices that range from packaged curriculum with integrated assessment and professional development, state-developed warehouses, and teacher-curated and teacher-created “do-it-yourself” options. At the same time, some teachers find that so-called “digital” resources are little more than electronic worksheets.
Alliance for Excellent Education

This practical guide will help teachers use technology for personalizing learning, facilitating peer-to-peer and teacher-to-student collaboration and communication, and creating rigorous interactive assignments. Second order change involves utilizing technology and new resources to accomplish tasks and goals that have previously been impossible, such as collaborating with experts in fields of study or having students collaborate on projects with other students from around the country and around the world. Note: Not Free
Ken Halla

Digital media presents powerful tools for engaging students in developing critical thinking, collaboration, and other 21st-century skills. Written for middle and high school teachers, this resource explores the relationship between students and digital media and shows how to design learning opportunities that harness today's technology. Note: Not Free
Jessica Parker

This downloadable book includes research to show how the theories and insights from many branches of science can increase the impact classroom teaching has on actual learning. It illustrates how approaches based on what we now know result in in-depth learning. How People Learn examines these findings and their implications for what educators teach, how they teach it, and how they assess what children learn.
National Research Council

Powerful learning occurs when youth, driven by their own interests, are supported in being creators and not just consumers of knowledge. This webinar, a documentation of a conversation among educators engaged in the 2014 Connected Educator Month, focuses on ways to create opportunities, space, and time for all youth to be agents in their own learning. The webinar drew inspiration from the “Maker Movement” and also focused on the implementation of Connected Learning Principles.
Educator Innovator

The Blended Learning Universe is the go-to resource for all things blended learning, including an interactive directory of schools across the world that have gone blended.
Christensen Institute

A five-part set of modules on Khan Academy providing guidance on how to deliver high quality blended learning, including an introduction of definitions and models, creating the ideal student experience, teaching in a blended learning environment, redesigning a school toward blended learning, and making aligned decisions in a blended environment.
Christensen Institute; Silicon Schools Fund

A practical field guide on navigating the transition to blended learning and a more student-centered education system.
Michael B. Horn; Heather Staker

As states and districts shift from print to digital content, education leaders must proactively consider the accessibility of digital content for all students, including students with disabilities.  This issue brief provides recommendations for state and district policy regarding the development, use and distribution and sharing of digital tools to improve the learning experiences of all students. 
State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)

Intellectual property law and policies are central to strategies for empowering and encouraging educators to realize the full potential of new digital content and tools. This policy brief addresses the key issue of ownership of teacher-created digital content and offers recommendations for states and districts to effectively manage the increased use of digital content.
State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)