Digital Conversion is upon us with in the educational organization. Students are being transitioned from the paper-based world to the digital world throughout the educational environment, which changes the face of teaching and learning as we know it. In preparing students for the 21st Century, laptop computers are available to each student by way of a check out system. Each student is able to complete their class and homework assignments by using their laptop. In Mooresville, NC, educators are linking technology to achievement through their laptop programs. Digital conversion seems to be the wave of the country, and there are some educational organizations who have stumbled upon bumps in the road as they try to implement digital curriculum, for example the Los Angeles Unified School District who was unsuccessful in obtaining their digital curriculum for their iPads program from Pearson. Hopefully, as they work out the kinks the students/teachers will be able to utilize the curriculum next school year.
As I reflect upon the readings about digital conversion, I too am in the learning phase of moving from paper to the digital world. It is exciting and overwhelming at the same time. I have updated my personal knowledge management system by taking what is valuable to me and turning it into knowledge, for example the information obtained through the various assignments has challenged my thinking and caused me to dig deeper when completing assignments, such as using Zotero to manage research articles. At the end of the day, when I have accomplished a goal, I hear the theme song from the movie, “Rocky,” when he made it to the top of the stairs with uplifted arms; yes, that would be the feeling of accomplishment.