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7 Digital Glide Paths To Digital Learning Online

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Tuesday, December 1, 11:10–11:55 am PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Cheryl Lemke  
Does your school have digital access for students but falls short in getting a learning return on the investment? Learn about practical, innovative actions that transform digital access into learning, where students engage, thrive and achieve. Walk away with seven high-impact ways to amplify that return.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Curriculum/district specialists, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
Topic: Curriculum planning & evaluation
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Language arts, Math
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
For Education Leaders:
Visionary Planner
  • Build on the shared vision by collaboratively creating a strategic plan that articulates how technology will be used to enhance learning.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to provide educators with a model for identifying the "secret sauce" that will transform digital access into results. This is a critical added dimension necessary for digital equity in these times of online, distance learning. The model is one honed over a decade of work with school districts. The premise is that, without the "secret sauce" of high-impact instructional strategies and 21st century skills, digital access will always fall short. The session will model a process for finding this "secret sauce" based on the districts long-term goals.


5 minutes: Polling of audience re: extent of problem
25 minutes: Presentation of 7 key guide paths and examples of "secret sauce" that transform digital access into learning returns and results.
10 minutes: Audience work on identifying "secret sauce" for audience identified goals.
10 minutes: Audience identification of secret sauce for their own schools.
10 minutes: Q&A

Supporting research

Supporting research:
- Practice guide from IES on technology in learning.
- Experience and expertise as independent evaluator for the Utah State Board of Education's Digital Teaching and Learning program. (2016-present)

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Cheryl Lemke, Metiri Group

Cheryl Lemke leads the Metiri Group, a consulting firm that specializes in research, program evaluation, professional development, and systems thinking in digital learning and 21st Century skills. Lemke is considered a thought leader in the U.S. and internationally. Her firm partners with ISTE to offer virtual PD to introduce teachers to 3 ISTE student standards and currently works with and evaluates large digital learning projects in New Jersey, Utah, and CA. She brings over 25 years of experience in the public sector—as a teacher, state technology director, policy expert, director at a foundation, and associate superintendent for Illinois SBE.

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