Intel’s Framework Enables Continued Digital Transformation
Throughout the previous two years, with the help of pandemic-related stimulus funding, school districts were able to invest in device rollout initiatives like never before. However, the journey to achieve true digital transformation only begins with the adoption of new hardware.
District leaders must answer the question about what comes next in the process. What other tools are needed to get students skilled up in ways that will prepare them for their tech-rich future? The SFI framework is Intel’s attempt to support districts in these next steps.
The lessons and materials available through the framework dictate exactly the type of device for which it is best suited. Many of lessons could work with any web-based device. However, there are some for which users might need a more powerful processor, and this will be listed in the lesson description.
Structured Pathways Allow Students to Build Digital Skills
To experience the best results, district will need to look to structured pathways to align their efforts to learning standards. The SFI framework bypasses the introductory how-to method for supporting classroom technology integration. Instead, a competency profile is provided to illustrate what skills students should be able to demonstrate at each level.
Educators can dive right into standards-aligned lessons that support both design and computational thinking, as well students’ social and emotional development. Educators can download an entire scripted lesson to follow as-is, or they can adjust the lesson to fit their learning goals. The framework is meant to completely integrate technology without the teacher having to figure it out.
Too often, classroom technology efforts result in stand-alone activities that do not span grade levels or build skills needed for emerging technologies.
The curriculum planning resource within the Intel SFI framework aims to show content creators, curriculum writers and district administrators what elements can be accessed to effectively integrate technology into learning.
Through Intel’s SFI, students are encouraged to ideate and develop solutions to real world problems.
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