Future Ready

Many of today's classrooms have 21st century tools in 20th century learning environments. How can classrooms move away from the "cemetery effect" where desks are in rows with all students facing forward?

Integrate digital media and new applications with purpose and build a culture of learning with pleasure! Let students use real-world tools to do real-world work and develop skills society demands. Be the leader who creates this environment. UnCommon Learning shows you how to transform a learning culture through sustainable and innovative initiatives. Book - Not Free. Author: Eric Sheninger

The need to redesign students’ learning spaces becomes not simply an idea from the latest Pinterest board but one of necessity. How can schools and classrooms transform from an industrial-era model yielding teacher-centric classrooms with desks in rows and students facing forward, to learning spaces that are student-centered, personalized, and leverage the power of technology? Join Superintendent of the Year, Pamela Moran, as she shares her district’s experience in transforming learning spaces and how these changes have impacted teaching, student learning, and district culture.
Albemarle School District; All4Ed

The Blended Learning Implementation Guide 3.0 (BLIG) offers recommendations for developing and implementing an effective plan to adopt a blended learning model that focuses on accelerating student learning for college and career readiness. This guide walks school leaders through a four-part process for blended learning implementation that begins with creating conditions for success and planning before moving into implementation and continuous improvement.
Getting Smart, Digital Learning Now, Foundation for Excellence in Education and The Learning Accelerator

Paper features a series of blogs first published on GettingSmart.com reviewing progress on next-gen learning platforms, as well as adaptive learning applications – particularly those supporting a large, diverse library of content. Interviews with district leaders provide information on selecting and planning for a platform.
Getting Smart

An open-source resource of lesson plans, activities, and digital community created content.
Gooru

Students without home access to high quality broadband connectivity are at a disadvantage, unable to realize the full power of digital learning. To address this key challenge, CoSN launched the Digital Equity Action Agenda Initiative. This effort highlights how some school districts are building meaningful community partnerships and creating tools to help district leaders get started in achieving digital equity.
CoSN

The 2016 NETP, Future Ready Learning: Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education, articulates a vision of equity, active use, and collaborative leadership to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible. While acknowledging the continuing need to provide greater equity of access to technology itself, the plan goes further to call upon all involved in American education to ensure equity of access to transformational learning experiences enabled by technology. The US Department of Education's Zac Chase joins Future Ready's Tom Murray for this informative webinar on the NETP
US Department of Education, Future Ready/Alliance for Excellent Education

At Piedmont City School District, in rural northeast Alabama, technology is viewed as a tool for raising expectations in a town hit by hard times. A once bustling town home to a thriving textile industry, two major employers have left in recent years and many local businesses shut their doors during the economic downturn. About one in five Piedmont residents now live in public housing. Two of every three students in the district are eligible for free or reduced lunch. Many families cannot afford to keep the water running or the electricity on, let alone an Internet connection. This is a Digital Promise Case Study.
Digital Promise

It may seem like the deck is stacked against schools that predominantly educate low-income populations. Once they start their education, those students have a wider variety of social and emotional needs and receive less educational enrichment outside of school. And when those students struggle to catch up academically, they risk falling even further behind their peers. One district facing that very challenge is Middletown City School District, a member of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. Middletown is about 70 miles northwest of Manhattan. Seventy-five percent of students live in poverty, half are Hispanic, and a quarter are African American. To turn things around, Middletown decided to go beyond the school district’s traditional role in addressing poverty, and tackle it head-on.
Digital Promise