You Might Be In the Shift to Digital…

Teacher pointing at a computer screen while a male students at the screen

Having grown up in a place that’s proud of its scrappy country roots – Bakersfield, California, home of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard – I get a big kick every time I hear the classic Jeff Foxworthy routine, “You might be a redneck if…” You know the one – it includes gems like “your lifetime goal is to own your own fireworks stand” and “you sell rabbits out of your car.”

Foxworthy’s routine has been adapted nine ways to Sunday (to use a redneck phrase), including “You might be a New Yorker if…” and “You might be a teacher if…” So I was thinking about it while I was pondering the shift to digital learning, and all the ways we can see around us that the shift is underway.

So with thanks to Jeff Foxworthy, here are a few telltale signs that you might be in the shift to digital. (For many more and helpful tips to go along with them, checkout the National Distance Learning Week webinar, 10 Signs That the Shift to Digital Is Underway – and 5 Ways to Get Ahead of the Curve, on Thursday, November 12 at 1:00 PM EST. Learn more and register.)

You might be in the shift to digital if:

  1. You have forgotten that “BYO” used to be about the hootch you brought to parties, not the devices your students pack to school.
  1. You’ve suffered through at least one high-profile breakup…with a content provider. (Like the one who guaranteed your students would master the pythagorean theorem via their cell phones…)
  1. You’d gladly trade half the lockers in your school for another four electrical outlets per classroom.
  1. You have at least one teacher training session per year on “how to avoid copyright infringement.”
  1. You live in mortal fear of a power outage or – even worse – a bandwidth failure.

What are your top signs that your are in the shift to digital? Post them here, on Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #IMadeTheShift,

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About Mickey Revenaugh
Mickey Revenaugh

Mickey Revenaugh

Mickey Revenaugh is co-founder and executive vice president of Connections Education. She likes to think of herself as an evangelist for the power of high-quality online and blended learning – and a non-stop advocate for learning opportunities for students around the globe.

She serves as chair of the board of directors of iNACOL, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning. For fun she helps her husband run his art school for kids on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, and digs in the dirt in her backyard garden in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Yale University, earned an MBA from New York University, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Bennington College.