Digital content is moving slowly into education. But what should it look like in practice, and how can schools make the best use of it? Technology directors share their thoughts in this video.


Digital content and curriculum are slowly gaining ground in education. But in the next 10 years, they might just take over. -Tanya Roscorla, Managing Editor, Center for Digital Education

I think the iBook revolution is probably going to be taking effect more and more I think in schools. One thing is because it allows the teachers to create relevant content that is up to date and use it with their students. So I see more and more schools training teachers on how to develop their own textbooks, I see students actually developing textbooks to show their achievement levels, their understanding of content. I think it's probably going to explode in the next two years. -Phil Hardin, Executive Director of Technology, Rowan-Salisbury School System

I think really in the next five years, it's really going to be fully digital curriculum across all subject areas. It's been very difficult working with publishers because publishers haven't been working fast enough to get digital content out to school districts. And what we've done in our district is really start years ago developing digital curriculum. -Keith Bockwoldt, Director of Technology Services, Township High School District 214

Ten years from now, I expect it to be far larger than what it is now, perhaps maybe even double with the amount of programs that are out there. -Joshua Eliscu, Director of Instructional Technology, Lindop School District 92

Now that we have an idea of where digital content and curriculum are headed, let's find out how to get there. -Tanya Roscorla

One is beef up your infrastructure - you've got to do that. The other to me - the big one - is trust the students. You know, a lot of people are reluctant to put technology in the hands of kids. Kids are very responsible, and I think when we give them that responsibility - in fact in my school, I trust my kids enough to become my interns. I've got a handful that work with me side by side. They help train other teachers and deliver some of that instruction for me and do some of the training. Take advantage of all the resources, 'cause, you know, there's just not enough time or energy to go around. -Roland Rios, Director of Instructional Technology, Fort Sam Houston Independent School District

You really want some more of the interactive curriculum. You don't want just static PDFs. We don't have a top-down mandate that says, "This is the technology you're going to use in the classroom." And I think that's where the power has been where we've been so successful, where the teachers are able to determine which device they want to use. When you sit in a classroom and you see these teachers do what they do, and the kids interacting with them, I only wish that I had these type of devices when I was growing up. -Keith Bockwoldt

For more education technology news, check out the Center for Digital Education's website. -Tanya Roscorla