Formerly, we had a process involving four key steps, each influenced by a set of frameworks and rubrics developed by our digital content experts:
Step 1: Define the role of digital content in your classroom and how much you want teachers to influence the scope and sequence of digital content.
Step 2: Research the digital content market to isolate the high-quality providers that suit your needs. At Education Elements, we extensively research content and applications options, using a detailed Digital Content Rubric.
Step 3: Explore your short list by scheduling product demos.
Step 4: Select the providers that best fit your needs and be sure to inquire about: references, pricing, implementation, professional development.
Based on our experience and learnings in the years since, we've refined our process to create a more streamlined framework to guide the selection of digital content. In our updated guide to Selecting Curriculum to Support Personalized Learning, we follow three phases:
Phase 1: Align curriculum goals with personalized learning vision. Dive into the first white paper of the series to learn the importance of curriculum in personalized learning, as well as guidance on mapping a vision to your curriculum goals.
Phase 2:Determine offline-online curriculum alignment and the role of digital tools. In the second white paper, explore how to hit the right combination of offline and online materials to support PL in the classroom.
Phase 3: Review, demo, and select digital tools.The third white paper in the series takes a close look at how to make the procurement decisions and avoid financial mistakes.
There are hundreds of options for digital content and tools and sifting through the sea of options can be overwhelming. Organizing your thoughts and coming up with a strategy about your approach to selection will ensure a smooth process.