The first step in changing from a traditional to a digital learning community is to get the technology into the classroom and make it easy for teachers to access it by leaving it in their classrooms all the time. Second, you need to build capacity and increase social capital (http://www.michaelfullan.ca/home_articles/SeminarPaper204.pdf) on how to use the technology to accelerate student learning. The third step is to then gather evidence from educators and students in order to share successes and create irresistible engagement by the whole school community. I will write more updates as I have time.
Please watch the video (http://youtu.be/K7u6DVny_uA) to see how Park Manor Public School (http://schools.wrdsb.ca/pkm/) became a PlayBook pilot school and used the donated and purchased PlayBooks along with other technologies such as; document cameras, HD data projectors, SMART Boards and iMacs to become an Accelerated Learning Community. Indeed, we now have a PlayBook tablet for every 2.5 students and have found that it’s not the technological tool that is important, but how the tool is used by teachers to support learning