WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Archbishop Stepinac High School achieved a significant milestone when it launched an all-digital learning platform for its 700 students.
Educators seeking best-practice guidance to go all- digital can visit an online article written by Frank Portanova, Stepinac’s vice principal, who led the school’s groundbreaking technology initiative. In the article, "3 Secrets to a Successful Digital Transformation" written for eSchoolNews.com, the online resource about how educators are using technology to advance learning, Portanova shares the valuable lessons his school learned in creating a fully digital text book library comprising more than 40 academic textbooks. “This transformation has driven efficiencies in our school, created a more personalized learning environment for our students and, most important, positively impacted student outcomes,” Portanova wrote. ”In just one year of becoming all digital, the Stepinac academic probation rate was cut in half." Portanova shared insights about Stepinac’s experience in three categories. Here are the highlights:
- Transformation does not happen overnight. “Creating an all-digital institution simply does not — and cannot — happen overnight," wrote Portanova. "In fact, the complete digital transformation here at Stepinac took more than three years from our first test run of digital texts and platforms."
- Digital infrastructure must support the transformation. “A school cannot become al digital without the correct infrastructure and technical support in place," Portanova wrote.
- Portanova noted that there are many steps to this process, the most important of which is choosing a trusted education technology provider. "Working with Pearson, we first introduced digital texts as an alternative to standard print textbooks," said Portanova. "At the same time, we began deploying innovative digital coursework and assessment platforms.
- Teacher and student training and buy-in is key. “Lastly, to ensure optimal learning outcomes, it’s important that administrators and teachers are all on board for the transformation, and that teachers and students understand how to use the technology," Portanova wrote.