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Christen Thompson

EDIT 760 D2
13 June 2016
Standard 2: Digital Age Learning Culture Brief Paper
Introduction:
The second ISTE NETS-A standard is Digital age learning culture, which states:
Educational Administrators create, promote, and sustain a dynamic, digital-age learning culture
that provides a rigorous, relevant, and engaging education for all students. This standard
indicates that educational administrators are responsible for setting the learning tone for their
school by encouraging rigor, relevance, and engagement.
The research on ISTE NETS-A standard 2 was completed at South Carolina Connections
Academy, a free online virtual school. South Carolina Connections Academy (SCCA) is a part
of the South Carolina Public Charter School District (SCPCSD). The main office for SCCA is in
Columbia, SC. At the main office there are school staff including a high school principal,
secretaries, a special education coordinator, and a teacher. Although SCCA is based in South
Carolina, Connections Academy has locations around the world, which serve students in
kindergarten through fifth grade. Educational leaders at SCCA would be the executive
director, the board of directors, and the principals/vice-principals at each grade level. These
leaders are responsible for encouraging Digital age learning culture as described in standard 2.

Indicator 1:
According to indicator 1, Educational administrators ensure instructional innovation
focused on continuous improvement of digital-age learning. The executive director, staff, and
School Improvement Council (SIC) recently re-wrote the schools mission statement in order to
focus on continuous improvement. The revised mission statement says: Our teachers and
administrators are dedicated to fulfilling our mission: to provide a personalized education for
students to master the knowledge and problem solving skills needed to achieve their college and
career goals.
Indicator 2:
According to indicator 2, Educational administrators model and promote the frequent
and effective use of technology for learning. At SCCA, educational administrators frequently
host Live Lessons for teachers and staff. The executive director hosts Live Lessons through
Adobe Connect to share feedback and information with the school. By utilizing the platform that
teachers at SCCA use to teach students, the director models ways to use this important piece of
technology effectively. Earlier this month, the executive director was awarded the United States
Distance Learning Association Award, indicating outstanding leadership in the field of distance
learning.
Indicator 3:
Indicator 3 states: Educational administrators provide learner-centered environments
equipped with technology and learning resources to meet the individual, diverse needs of all
learners. At SCCA, students receive curriculum, individualized teaching, and state-of-the-art
technology. The curriculum is developed by educational publishers. SCCA families receive

textbooks (online and in print), workbooks, lesson plans, and enrichment courses. Students
receive individualized teaching as needed through the virtual setting. Because of the way SCCA
is designed, it is easier for students who may be struggling or who are gifted to receive the
personalized attention they need. Students can schedule tutoring sessions virtually as needed.
Families receive technology such as access to the learning management system (Connexus),
virtual library resources, technology literacy courses, and online support.
Indicator 4:
Indicator 4 states: Educational administrators ensure effective practice in the study of
technology and its infusion across the curriculum. According to the SCCA website, Staff
trainings are a critical part of the Connections Academy professional development plan.
Faculty and staff are trained in technology and how to utilize it across the curriculum. Teachers
are assigned into professional learning communities in order to encourage collaboration with
other teachers in order to increase technology utilization.
Indicator 5:
According to indicator 5, Educational administrators promote and participate in local,
national, and global learning communities that stimulate innovation, creativity, and digital-age
collaboration. The executive director of SCCA frequently attends and participates in national
and global educational conferences. Connections Academy recently presented at the USDLA
conference focusing on the global classroom (http://www.slideshare.net/LaWandaStone/as-theworld-turns-spinning-a-virtual-school-into-a-vibrant-global-community). Principals, vice
principals and school board members also participate in local, national, and global learning

communities. These communities encourage development of technology and successful


integration of technology across the curriculum.
Conclusion:
Based on research, the level of concern for SCCA in regards to ISTE NETS-A standard 2
is low. This school is in a positive place in regards to Digital age learning culture.
Educational administrators at the school level are involved in creating a digital age learning
culture for students and teachers. Students and teachers are encouraged to utilize technology
effectively based on current research and data. SCCA adheres to ISTE NETS-A standard 2:
Educational Administrators create, promote, and sustain a dynamic, digital-age learning culture
that provides a rigorous, relevant, and engaging education for all students.