CHAPTER 6. Digital-Connectivity for Digital-Age Students

Flipped Book Study: Watch before reading to enhance your learning.

Audio Outtakes: Supercharge your book study with these shareable chapter-by-chapter audio clips with colorful commentary. Connect with Brad to schedule him to join your book study or university class "live" on Skype, GHO, or Voxer.

Water Cooler Questions:


  1. What are some misconceptions about digital-connectivity?

  2. What is the difference between meaningful technology integration and diminished learning?

  3. How might digital-connectivity transform traditional leadership practices?

Additional Listening/Viewing:


  • The LAUNCH Cycle: The LAUNCH Cycle can be used to support students' design thinking when building with tape and cardboard or digital tools.

  • An Introduction to Technology Integration: This five minute video details how technology can transform learning. Hear from Adam Bellow and others as they share the power of connection, creation, and more! 

Additional Blog Posts:



This post provides a succinct rationale why we should all provide kids an authentic audience for their work.



Learn how one school eradicated digital-connectivity (and all screens). Share your reflections in the #RenLead forum below.

Additional Books:


  • 140 Twitter Tips for Educators (2016) by Brad Currie, Billy Krakower, and Scott Rocco


  • Launch (2016) by John Spencer and A.J. Juliani

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This TED-inspired talk introduces a real-life renegade, and unpacks the basic tenants of a digital-age pedagogy.



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Double-Down Challenge:


Personalize your learning by selecting from mini-challenges at the conclusion of each chapter. Most chapters offer at least two different options to personalize your learning. Choose the mini-challenge that you would like to 'double-down' on, and then click HERE to track your progress on the Worlds of Learning digital badging platform.

  • Challenge 6.1: Invite Others in Through Transparency

Reflect upon how a hashtag or other transparent sharing may help bring people together. If you already have a district or school hashtag, identify an event or project that might be enhanced through more open sharing.

  • Challenge 6.2: Thinking Outside the System

Capacity building can sometimes occur when we step back from the familiar...or look at seemingly unrelated components as part of a larger system. (The Lego Company created a system of plastic bricks that work together.) How can you improve a learning experience for students or staff by connecting with somebody outside the educational system?