Digital Pedagogy: A Means to Powerful Learning for All Students

A practice-based transformative professional learning experience

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The Digital Pedagogy Professional Learning Institute supports teachers in developing high-quality teaching practices that effectively leverage technological tools and thinking routines to create powerful learning for all students.

Digital Pedagogy is a synthesis of methods and practices designed to create classrooms that are creative and inclusive communities. As a result of intentionally leveraging technological tools and thinking routines, students are empowered to be independent learners – building upon skills and interests they bring to the classroom while nurturing and expressing their ideas and identities.

In a classroom with effective Digital Pedagogy, students are supported to develop four habits of learning – connecting, constructing, expressing, and innovating. These habits of learning promote students’ relationships with technological skills and mindsets to unleash their curiosity, creativity, and ingenuity so they develop their identities as critical thinkers, problem solvers, and designers.

The Institute will go beyond the concept of teaching with technology – instead, it provides a way for teachers to develop pedagogical practices that authentically integrate digital tools and thinking routines, develop computational mindsets, and empower students to engage with the world around them in meaningful ways. The institute is designed for grade-alike teaching teams who are interested in becoming teacher leaders. Our approach is relevant for teachers from any school system that values student-centered hands-on learning experiences. Teachers will apply ideas introduced during the institute by engaging in a collaborative cycle of inquiry. 

Participants will:

  • Engage in a research-informed Digital Pedagogy vision to support the development of digital pedagogy that centers creativity and joy, construction of knowledge and identity, and connection of ideas.

  • Use core practices of digital pedagogy to design hands-on learning experiences for both remote and in-person instruction that move students from passive consumption to active creation and construction of knowledge.

  • Understand how to create inclusive remote and in-person learning environments centered on student interests and passions that promote agency.

  • Leverage digital tools to allow students to express their understanding and thinking in creative and collaborative ways.

  • Recognize the impact of digital tools and technologies in building students’ equitable and ethical stances as users and consumers of technology. 

A Year-Long Institute

SMCOE, the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching (CSET), and the Graduate School of Education (GSE) Makery recognize that transformative professional learning occurs when teachers are afforded sustained and ongoing opportunities to apply and reflect. To that end, this program begins the cycle of inquiry during a 3-5 day institute and then provides support through the school year via four virtual group coaching sessions and 4 community of practice sessions. During coaching, teachers will meet with their teams in a video conference facilitated by an instructional coach.

During community of practice sessions, practitioners will meet with a broader group who are teaching similar content or grade level students and engage in continued professional learning experiences. These sessions are included in the institute tuition.


Who Should Attend?

  • K-12 teachers, administrators, and teachers on special assignments (TOSAs)

  • Teams of two or more grade-level or content-alike practitioners from the same school or district

  • Teachers looking for meaningful collaboration opportunities from colleagues in other school sites or districts 

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Each institute can contain up to 100 hours of professional development. Districts may award 10 CEUs for individuals who complete the entire institute and receive a record of completion from Stanford University. The cost of CEUs is included in the price of the institution. 

 For more information, contact Sandra Velásquez or Christine Bywater.

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Portions of this work have been made possible through the generous funding by Oracle Giving.

Sandra Velásquez

Coordinator, Innovative Learning and Technology Integration


Phone: (650) 802-5407