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SETDA Launches Online Guide To Make Most of Digital Learning

As schools pursue new forms of digital learning, educators need to consider a broad range of issues related to the use of technology that affect their technology decisions. To help districts better plan, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) has released a free online resource that lays out the factors worth considering as they undertake new initiatives, such as 1-to-1 programs or online assessments.

The "Guide to Implementing Digital Learning" covers six areas: planning, professional learning, content and software, broadband, devices and technical support. Each section provides a brief background, key considerations for implementation, resources and examples of digital learning.

The site's content was developed through input from state educational technology leaders — members of the organization — as well as companies that sell to the education segment.

"With the announcements of new state and federal investments in support of digital learning, including $1.5 billion annually in new E-rate support for school broadband, it is critical that leaders consider the full range of issues in implementing and scaling up new digital learning opportunities," said Executive Director Douglas Levin. SETDA's intent in releasing the guide, he noted, "is to help schools and districts assess, plan and execute digital learning opportunities more effectively."

"As we strive to better prepare our students for college and career, it is imperative that we equip our educators with the instructional strategies and technology support necessary to ensure a smooth implementation of digital learning, with the goal of improved educational outcomes for all students," added Rob Saxton, deputy superintendent of public instruction for Oregon's Department of Education.

SETDA is hosting a free webinar on January 15 at 2 p.m. Eastern time to highlight the content and features of the guide. Presenters will include state educational technology leaders.

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at dian@dischaffhauser.com or on Twitter @schaffhauser.

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