Digital Conversion

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.

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4 thoughts on “Digital Conversion

  1. It is disappointing to see some of the political / competitive barriers get in the way of giving students tools to help them learn more effectively. I hadn’t seen that about LA Unified and it was a good (though sad) example of the barriers to a digital conversion.

  2. Like most newer technologies, once a critical mass has made the transition, it seems the rest scramble in order to avoid being left behind. Online registration, e-texbooks, use of multi-media, social media, hardware (laptops, tablets, smart phones), school wide connectivity and email/text all seem to have recently reached that tipping point of critical mass. ~r

    • Thank you for sharing. I began reading some of the post on his page and it is not surprising to me at all that the District fell into this fiasco with the iPads. Their intentions were good wanting to get iPads to every student, but the plan on how to was lacking in thorough research (at least I think so). I believe they underestimated the students ability to break through the security wall. This generation is extremely tech savvy, not to mention the generations behind them. Just think, toddlers have the ability to use the iPad or any technology placed before them, remember passwords, and scroll to get to their favorite application. I’m not sure if the District was trying to make a statement, by being the second largest school district that they could get an iPad to every student; definitely taking digital conversion, as well as teaching and learning to the next level.

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