Digital Curriculum

On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to participate in the Learning Counsel’s (http://thelearningcounsel.com/) Digital Curriculum Tactics Discussion held at the Hawthorne Center in Cobb County, Georgia. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the future of digital curriculum and how school districts should integrate it into their collection of resources. Several Georgia school districts were represented along with a handful of vendors that provided digital curriculum of some sort.

Much of the conversation centered around the need for educational resources and digital content from the wide variety of sources to be formatted so that it could be easily integrated into the many different learning management systems that are available today. The recognized format for this to happen is known as common cartridge. Common cartridge outlines the specifics of  formatting and meta-data that should be included along with any educational resource so that it can easily be imported into other systems.
Near the end of the day a panel discussion was held in which I had been asked to be a part of. Along with several other educational leaders, each of them in much more loftier positions than me, were ask several questions related to the current and future trends in digital curriculum.

While there were several takeaways for me from the day, the issue that stood out most was the need for teachers to become much more critical of valuators of digital curriculum. There were several mentions of not giving into trends or nifty ideas without the effective evaluation that is necessary to ensure that digital resources are cost-effective and educationally sound.
Additionally, the Learning Counsel is forming a committee that will look to evaluate current instructional design models to adapt them to digital curriculum design or, more likely, develop a new instructional design model that fits the digital framework.  I have spoken with the chairperson and hope to be a part of this committee moving forward. This will be an interesting area of both research and practical application. I’ll keep everyone abreast of the developments.

Introduction and Purpose

Welcome to the Big Tech Coach blog.  My name is Keith George and I have been involved in Instructional Technology for the past fifteen years.  Currently I work for the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) in the Office of Educational Technology.  I hold an Educational Specialist degree in Instructional Leadership- Instructional Technology from the University of Alabama, where I am currently working to complete my Ph.D in the same major.

I serve as an adjunct faculty member for the School of Education at Auburn University Montgomery (AUM) teaching Computer-based Instructional Technology at the Graduate level.  Previously, I co-taught Technology Leadership and Resource Management at the University of Montevallo (UM).

I am a Google Certified Educator (Level I) and SymbalooEDU Basic Certified.  I also serve as an Education Expert for Participate Learning (www.participate.com).

I have worked as an instructional technology coach (ITC) and that is also the focus of my dissertation.  I have trained ITCs as part of my work with the ALSDE and the courses at both UM and AUM.  I have presented on the topic at educational conference across Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.  I have spoken with scores of ITCs and have become an advocate for them across the state.

From all of these experiences, I have developed a passion of technology coaching and feel I have the background and experience to provide at least some level of advice and guidance for current and prospective ITCs as well as all technology integrating educators, which should include them all.

This is my personal blog, so I plan to comment on a variety of technology and educational issues.  The opinions expressed are my own and do not reflect those of my employer or the institutions for which I teach.  Please take a moment to look over the disclaimer page for additional information related to that as well as a couple of disclosure items.

I plan to include write about instructional technology practices and policies as well as educational software, apps and websites.  Heck, I may even throw in some hardware reviews as things come along.

I hope that you will check out my first couple of posts and determine for yourself if this blog will interest and inform you.  If so, take a moment to subscribe.  If there are topics related to educational technology that you would like to see covered, drop me an email at bigtechcoach@gmail.com.

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