On Tuesday, January the 26th, 2016, the Department of Digital and Multimedia Learning was honored to host The Learning Counsel’s Digital Curriculum Tactics Discussion, a forum for digital education leaders and influencers, as part of their national tour. During this event, the CCSD Superintendent, Chris Ragsdale, spoke as part of The Learning Counsel’s Education Executive Policy Panel.
The Learning Counsel is an organization which serves as a conduit connecting K-12 and Higher Education professionals with one another as well as education industry partners as the field moves from the traditional to a more digital realm.
Last week’s event brought together district leaders of curriculum and technology from Cobb, Gwinnett, Rockdale, Forsyth, and Fulton County’s, as well as the Georgia Department of Education and the Alabama Department of Education. It featured discussions on the current landscape of the educational market as well as presentations from invited speakers. Our Director, Janell McClure, spoke on the state of digital transformation within the Cobb County School District.
“We are not focused on just a digital transformation, but a learning transformation,” stated Janell McClure.
Janell McClure’s presentation highlighted several important and universal observations with moving a district such as Cobb into more of a digital learning
environment: laying the foundation for a digital transformation and the importance of adopting a change management strategy served as the common themes. Within the Cobb County School District, the focus has been on providing the basis for a lasting and meaningful enhancement of teaching and learning.
Other speakers shared information on the move toward adopting consistent industry standards, such as those offered by organizations like IMS Global and ISTE (the International Society for Technology in Education). Furthermore, the overall discussion reinforced the importance of supporting teachers as they develop more engaging learning opportunities through digitally-enhanced instruction.
The Department of Digital and Multimedia Learning is excited about this developing partnership with comparable organizations in our neighboring school districts via The Learning Counsel.