So I’m asking for a little crowdsourcing feedback for a chapter I’m writing. I’m trying to frame out all the things that ideally need to be in place for an existing school to make the transition to one that provides a more relevant learning experience for kids in the context of the social online technologies that are disrupting the current model. Call it School 2.0, a 21st Centuryized School, or something else, but I’m wondering what qualities or conditions should we be working toward in order to successfully make a transition like that?

Here’s what I’ve been thinking (in no particular order in terms of the big buckets):

  1. Technology

    1. Personal technology (computer, mobile phone, iPad, etc.) in the hand of every student, teacher, administrator, support staff

    2. Ubiquitous access to the Internet for every student at school and at home

    3. A robust network infrastructure at school that permits real-time access for all students simultaneously

    4. Excellent real-time support

    5. Responsible Use Policies that encourage technology use

  2. Curriculum and Instruction

    1. A deep understanding on the part of every staff member of how to use technology, and specifically the Web, to learn

    2. Sustained, continuous professional development

    3. Performance-based assessments

    4. Teachers fluent in how to translate their personal understanding of technology into the classroom

    5. Personalized learning opportunities for students

    6. Student centered pedagogy

    7. Inquiry-based curriculum

    8. A balance between meeting the requirements of state testing and reshaping learning to teach students the skills they need

    9. Instruction for teachers and students about web-safety

  3. Change Management

    1. A shared vision for modern learning in the school

    2. A shared vocabulary to facilitate conversations around change

    3. Support for trying (and failing) when implementing changes in the classroom

    4. Teachers working with each other across disciplines

    5. Common planning and discussion time for staff

    6. Community education around the new vision and how change will take place

    7. Measurement of progress and adjustment along the way

  4. Leadership

    1. Making a strong case for change with every constituency including students, parents, teachers, staff, administration, board of education and community

    2. Leadership that encourages modern learning among teachers and students

    3. Teacher leaders that embrace and extend the vision

    4. A innovative budgetary approach

What have I missed?