7 Steps to Planning for Common Core and Mobile Device Rollouts: Two Experts Share Advice on How to Get the Best from Your Mix of Common Core Work and Integration of Mobile Devices into Instruction and Learning

By Schaffhauser, Dian | T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education), January 2014 | Go to article overview

7 Steps to Planning for Common Core and Mobile Device Rollouts: Two Experts Share Advice on How to Get the Best from Your Mix of Common Core Work and Integration of Mobile Devices into Instruction and Learning


Schaffhauser, Dian, T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)


Trying to implement a mobile device initiative while your district's teachers and staff are preparing for the Common Core online assessments can be like to trying to balance on two wild horses with a single set of reins. Fortunately, planning a mobile strategy in the context of the Common Core looks a lot like preparing for any major ed tech initiative.

During the recent Fall CUE conference, two California district leaders shared advice and resources they have gained from their ongoing mobile device transitions. Marie Criste is a teacher and site tech coordinator for a high school in the 10,000-student Roseville Joint Union High School District and Mike Fury is the chief technology officer at neighboring Rocklin Unified School District which has 11,000 students. Previously, Fury and Criste worked together at the Roseville district, where they rolled out an iPod and iPad program and, more recently, a Google Chromebook program. Here are Fury and Criste's top seven tips for schools getting ready for Common Core and mobile device rollouts.

1) Engage your community.

From the beginning, you have to get everybody to weigh in on the plan. That includes not just teachers, administration, IT and staff, but also students, parents and the larger community. The goal is to manage expectations, address misinformation and be transparent. …

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