The Digital Transition: When Will Schools Be Transformed?

By Leilani Cauthen

Is there an end point in this digital transformation for institutional education?  The short answer is yes, there is an end point, but getting there may take some exhaustive change. It will be a journey of five to ten years and includes a change continuum that brings schools into the “Age of Experience.”

The Age of Experience is an economic term and describes our present age as being beyond merely a focus on information and technology. It is a time when our online and offline identities are converging, accelerating the development of experience-driven products. As I share this idea around the country, most teachers and school administrators can see the logic of their change journeys ending at this point; it resonates well with their internal terminology, such as “blended learning.” Education executives are relieved to hear that there’s an end point in sight, because they don’t want to keep shifting the pieces and parts of their operations around indefinitely. Continuous disruption has the feel of having some deep wrong that can’t be discovered.

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