North Carolina Digital Learning Initiative

Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction


Content & Instruction Resources


The digital content and instruction toolkit has resources for five main areas: (1) vetting digital content, (2) digital citizenship, (3) frameworks for digital learning, (4) building a repository, and (5) establishing why digital content is necessary.

Vetting Digital Content

Selecting Digital Education Content: A Guide for North Carolina Schools and Districts 
Source: Friday Institute
This document provides educators with background information and recommendations to inform their selection of digital content.
Ensuring the Quality of Digital Content for Learning: Recommendations for K12 Education  
Source: State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)
This brief provides state and district leaders with an overview of how the standard for reviewing content does and does not fit in the digital content realm. The authors then provide recommendations for updating these structures.
EdTech Procurement in School Districts 
Source: Digital Promise
Digital Promise partnered with IDEO to survey many districts to better understand procurement processes and areas of possibility for future improvements.

Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship in Schools 
Source: International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
This excerpt from ISTE's book outlines the 9 elements of digital citizenship.
Common Sense Media and Technology Resources for Educators 
Source: Common Sense
A website with many resources for educators, parents, and students, with a particular focus on digital citizenship.

Frameworks for Digital Learning

Blended Learning Definitions 
Source: Christensen Institute
The Christensen Institute is an expert on blended learning and provides a succinct description of the four models of blended learning (Rotation, Flex, A La Carte, and Enriched Virtual) on this page.
TPACK in 120 Seconds 
Source: Candace M (YouTube)
Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) is a framework that identifies the knowledge teachers need to teach effectively with technology. This is a quick introduction video of this dynamic framework and it helps to demystify the complex layers of TPACK.
SAMR in 120 Seconds 
Source: Candace M (YouTube)
The SAMR model can serve as a scaffolding blueprint as you coach others towards technology integration in your school and/or district. This is a quick introduction to the SAMR Model, developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura.

Building a Repository

BetterLesson 
BetterLesson website is focused on aggregating and sharing the most innovative content and practices from the highest performing teachers across the country. Many lesson plans aligned with the Common Core Standards are available.
Gooru 
This website provides a model for districts to review as they consider what type of resources to provide for their teachers. The website has pre-made modules and courses as well as resources that can be combined to build individualized instances.
CK-12 
CK-12 provides free, online textbooks for educators and students. Feel free to browse the resources for use in your district but also to get familiar with what digital resources can include.
Critical Evaluation of a Content-Based iPad/iPod App 
Source: Kathy Schrock
Educators can use this straightforward iPad App evaluation tool to objectively determine what apps might best support their learning goals.

Why Digital Content Is Necessary

Out of Print: Reimagining the K-12 Textbook in a Digital Age 
Source: State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)
Out of Print makes the case for the digital difference and how digital content can positively affect student learning and engagement, make accommodations for special learning needs, provide unbundled search and discovery, and provide support for personalized learning.