Moving toward personalized learning. Reflection by Catherine Tobin
"Digital curriculum can be a simple entry point for modifying lesson delivery in a blended learning classroom as teachers can replace existing offline resources with adaptive, multimedia curriculum."
Four categories of digital curriculum:
We talked about tools in the previous chapter but digital curriculum is different because it provides the content for effective digital learning. Teachers have many options to consider in choosing a digital curriculum, not the least of which is cost. Many of the options out there are free or have a free version or trial. This is great for initial evaluation when trying to determine if the cost of the paid version is justifiable. The book suggests a process of a pre-pilot for teachers, then for students, then a pilot and finally, a post-pilot committee. This is a great idea if you are considering a whole school move to digital curricula. However, for most of us, we are looking to start small, in our own classrooms.
If we start with the understanding that we are trying to find new ways to engage our students and work toward the goal of redefining our classrooms, the search for the right digital curriculum should be a process of trial and error. Find a digital curriculum you think fits your needs, and give it a try. Get feedback from your students and be sure to assess to see if learning goals were achieved. Get the students involved in the process. Ultimately, we want to move to the student-driven learning model and getting there can be fun!
The 3 suggestions in the book for digital integration models are the whole-group, station-rotation and flipped classroom. Each has its upsides and downsides and much depends on the subject, grade level and space. The vignettes in this chapter offer a peek at how digital curriculum is being implemented in real classrooms. This has given me some ideas I want to take to other teachers in my school.
Question: Which subjects do you think are the best candidates for digital curriculum? Do you think there are subjects for which it would not work? Have you ever tried it? Would you like to?