digital learning guide

us department of education

Supporting families with continuity of education

Digital Version

Interactive, Web-based version of the USDOE Learning Guide

PDF Version

Downloadable PDF with hyperlinks to external resources.

Examples from the Guide 

The Digital Learning Guide contains a tremendous collection of resources to support parents through the 20-21 school year.  All of the links are active and take the user straight to the referenced document, resource, or web tool.  It also features definitions question sets to help families support and advocate for their learners.

Guiding Questions for Families

Defining Terms of the Times

Tips & Tricks

Recommended Digital Tools

Extension Activities

 

Is technology the answer to all of these questions? No, of course not. Technology is a tool. Technology, when used appropriately, can empower learning, engage and motivate students, and help make learning interactive.”

Your child masters content and develops skills at their own pace. Many children learn effectively when the support they receive is customized for each new skill. In a competency-based system, your child can be empowered to learn skills in a personalized manner and to take responsibility for and make more decisions in their own learning.”

Students are more engaged when parents and families are involved in education.9 Using digital learning resources provides new opportunities for your family to develop a strong partnership with your school or education provider.”

notes from the us doe release
HOW CAN THE GUIDE SUPPORT YOUR FAMILIES?

The U.S. Department of Education released a new Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide, a resource to help parents and guardians understand how digital tools can provide tailored learning opportunities, engage students with course materials, encourage creative expression, and enrich the educational experience.

“As technology continues to iterate and benefit every part of our lives, all students need more opportunities to leverage the potential of technology in education,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. “We hope families can use the information we release today as many of them are relying on technology more so than ever before and are navigating learning from home.”

Digital learning can help families and educators meet the specific needs of individual students, understand a child’s progress, and connect families and students with resources in their school community and beyond. As an increasing number of school systems implement digital learning both inside and outside of the traditional classroom, this guide demystifies digital learning for parents and empowers them to be effective advocates for high-quality digital learning.

The Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide includes guidance and best practices for caregivers around topics including:

How to leverage flexibilities and innovations technology and digital tools provide, such as accessibility options, to meet the unique needs of every learner — including students with disabilities and English language learners.

Simple steps parents can take to keep their children safe online and foster safe online behavior, such as accessing security features on a child's device, keeping track of log-in information, and keeping children safe while video conferencing. The guide also discusses the importance of digital citizenship and offers parents resources to help their child navigate online bullying or encounters with troubling content.

How a competency-based learning approach, which measures a student's knowledge of a subject rather than time spent on the subject, can harness technology for the benefit of students. Digital resources like online assessments, periodic check-ins, and more can update parents on their child's learning progress, and they can provide instructional flexibility in the event of a school disruption.

Easy-to-understand primers on major federal laws governing student privacy and safety, such as FERPA, IDEA, and COPPA.

RECENT UPDATES IN CONTINUITY OF EDUCATION

PDE Partnership Highlight: PBS Learning at Home

AN OVERVIEW OF PBS LEARNING AT HOME  The Pennsylvania Department of Education and PBS have teamed up to offer a tremendous set of learning opportunities and resources for teachers, students, and families across the Commonwealth.  Scroll down to watch our overview...

CoE: Digital Learning Guide (USDOE)

digital learning guide us department of educationSupporting families with continuity of educationInteractive, Web-based version of the USDOE Learning GuideDownloadable PDF with hyperlinks to external resources.Examples from the Guide  The Digital Learning Guide...

PSU: Distance Learning Series (Webinar #1 Summary)

PSU Distance Learning SeriesWebinar #1 highlightsWhether or not you were able to attend, the first installment of the PSU Distance Learning Series provided plenty of resources to unpack as we strive to support learning in a variety of models throughout the...

CoE: Supporting Attendance in Distance Learning Environments

  PDE outlines the priority considerations regarding attendance in the 20-21 school year and points us to a tremendous toolkit from Attendance Works.ATTENDANCE IS ALL ABOUT Access & ENGAGEMENT QUESTION: Do we have data that allows us to identify the types of...

CoE: High Level Focus Documents (formerly Priority Standards)

CoE: High-Level focus Standards These guidance documents are designed to identify and define areas of high-level focus for core content instruction supported by key PA Academic Standards. Note that while all standards deserve a defined level of instruction, neglecting...

Continuity of Education: The Roadmap for Leaders

PDE  |  MCIU Roadmap for leaders Continuity of EducationA Roadmap for Education Leaders is now available that identifies six key processes essential for ensuring systems and policies are flexible and responsive to the needs of students and school communities,...

PSU: A Distance Learning Series for Leaders

PDE - PSU A DISTANCE LEARNING LEADERSHIP SERIESLIST OF SESSIONS Oct. 29 - 10:00AM RegisterNov. 19 - 10:00AM RegisterDec. 10 - 10:00AM RegisterJan. 14 - 10:00AM RegisterFeb. 11 - 10:00AM RegisterAbout THE SESSIONSPDE is excited to announce a Distance Learning Series in...

MCIU EdTech Training Guide

A Free Resource to Support the Integration of District-Approved Educational Technology Tools and Resources This interactive guide is intended to be a resource for educators as they learn to use specific technological tools that are supported by their school district. ...