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Listen and learn : Panel

Sunday, June 23, 10:00–11:00 am
Location: 112AB

Kyle Berger   Ellen Botkin   Jill Hobson   Dr. Barbara Nesbitt  
As districts transition to digital to support personalized learning, they need a trusted ecosystem of interoperable digital resources that are aligned with ISTE Standards. Hear from district leaders about the synergy between ISTE Standards and community-owned open technology standards that enable the foundation for next-generation teaching and learning.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Curriculum/district specialists, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Personalized learning
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Visionary Leadership
  • Engage in an ongoing process to develop, implement and communicate technology-infused strategic plans aligned with a shared vision.
  • Inspire and facilitate among all stakeholders a shared vision of purposeful change that maximizes use of digital age resources to meet and exceed learning goals, support effective instructional practice, and maximize performance of district and school leaders.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

In November 2015, ISTE and IMS Global Learning Consortium collaborated on the development of a white paper outlining a framework for technology adoption and integration.

IMS Global Interoperability Standards provide industry guidelines for digital platforms, curriculum, tools, and apps that allow for seamless integration and communication with each other. ISTE Standards provide guidance for the integration of digital courseware and other learning resources within the curriculum. Used together, these standards can help districts define their needs for digital solutions and adopt solutions that support a comprehensive ecosystem for digital learning.

The white paper outlines an approach to help school leaders address both the pedagogical and implementation requirements of their technology and curriculum investments to enable the next generation digital learning environments they desire.

Since that time, IMS Global Learning Consortium developed a maturity model—called the K-12 Digital Learning Revolution Program—that streamlines standards-based technology adoption and integration and offers strategies for significant improvements in teaching and learning. The program was created with support and input from IMS Global K-12 members—representing over 11 million students and including 44% of the largest 25 school districts.

In this session, the panel will share their digital journey highlighting the value of membership in these two organizations and the resources they provide. Participants will discuss how the work of ISTE and IMS Global continues to support a district’s digital evolution (or revolution!) and discuss opportunities for further collaboration and progress.

Panelists will share:
(1) 3-5 strategies for transforming your district’s digital ecosystem to be seamless and learner-ready to innovatively deliver personalized learning
(2) An evaluation of the current status of their district's model for implementing systemic and strategic practices in educational technology implementations using available tools
(3) Analysis and research on their district’s instructional software to determine how it may be connected with other systems to more effectively and efficiently deliver programs and services via ISTE and IMS Global Learning Consortium


5 Minutes — Welcome (Panel and audience introductions—find out who is in the room, if possible.)

5 Minutes — Background (Moderator provides an overview of the original resource developed in collaboration with ISTE to provide district leaders with a framework for using the IMS Global Learning Consortium Interoperability Standards and ISTE Standards to inform a comprehensive and robust digital learning ecosystem.)

15 Minutes — District Leaders Spotlight Talks (Each panelist tell their story by delivering a 5-minute short presentation about the importance of making the commitment to a plug-and-play digital ecosystem and what their district is doing to build an integrated, interoperable ecosystem as the foundation for personalized learning.)

30 Minutes — Discussion and Audience/Panel Q&A (Moderator will direct open-ended questions to the panelists meant to encourage wider group discussion in which the audience will be asked to participate. The goal is to allow each panelist (representing different K-12 districts)—through an interactive back-and-forth—to share their priorities, vision, and the pragmatic steps they have implemented to evolve their digital ecosystem.)

(1) How is your district creating a strategic vision that incorporates interoperability and pedagogical standards?
(2) How can we support district-wide strategy and grade-band technology learning goals with solutions that have gone through the ISTE Seal of Alignment and IMS Global Certification processes?
(3) How is your district using technology standards to facilitate cross-departmental communication and decision-making?
(4) What does your district still need that neither ISTE or IMS Global are currently providing?

5 Minutes — Closing (thoughts and reflections from facilitator and panel on discussion and next steps)

Supporting research

A New Paradigm for Decision-Making: A district leaders guide to standard-based technology adoption and integration

Katy ISD: Harnessing the Abundance of Digital Resources to Efficiently Personalize Learning

Gwinnett County Public Schools: Creating A Digital Curriculum Ecosystem

4 takeaways from the IMS Global Learning Impact Leadership Institute

School District of Pickens County Digital Content Strategies, Processes and Systems

Making Digital Content Discoverable

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Kyle Berger, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD
Ellen Botkin, Pittsburgh Public Schools
Jill Hobson, IMS Global Learning Consortium

Jill Hobson has more than 20 years of experience planning, implementing and evaluating software and hardware solutions in public education as well as in the private sector. Jill joined IMS Global after working in the private sector edtech software market developing learning objects for a well known interactive whiteboard solutions provider. Jill works closely with K-12 programs as well as facilitating some of the technical program groups.

Dr. Barbara Nesbitt, School District of Pickens County

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