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

Dr. Brad Gustafson is an elementary principal, author, and speaker. He believes schools can be spaces where creativity and innovation thrive, but only when we prioritize relationships and a relevant, connected pedagogy. 


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



Personalize your learning and double-down on your leadership! Complete at least one of the mini challenges at the end of each chapter to earn your Renegade Leadership badge.

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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?


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