Author Steven R. Covey taught us essentially the same thing when he said that, to be effective, “keep the end in mind.” Online school leaders must discover the students’ ends concerning their ideal online experience and then work backward to the technology. For example, seventh-grade teacher Jim Hull of Dublin City Schools discovered that his students want to:
‒ Experience the relevance of each class in real life.
‒ Avoid feeling alone.
‒ Follow a regular schedule but have the flexibility to work at their convenience.
‒ Feel confident about making progress.
‒ Enjoy “gamified” activities, e.g. Kahoots, Gimkits, etc.