Our Digital Learning Day celebration is off to a great start! The folks over at Digital Learning Policy Center (DLPC) have done a fantastic job in collecting videos that really capture how technology is changing the classroom. And we’ve already received some amazing DLDay Competition entries from our fans (if you haven’t submitted yours yet, there’s still time!)
Why is going digital in the classroom so important? We’ve got five reasons we should embrace digital and never look back.
1. Superior, in-depth knowledge fits in the palm of their little hands
Technology has enabled unprecedented information access, with a world of knowledge right at their fingertips. Technology removes geographic barriers, allowing students sitting in a classroom in Kansas to learn how people in a small village in Africa live by taking a virtual tour. They can easily acquire information on any subject using various types of technology from the comfort (and safety) of their home or school.
2. Speak their tech-savvy language
Current students were born into an always-on connected world– with smart phones, iPods and computers commonplace. Incorporating these digital tools into their learning helps improves focus, and fosters their own creativity. While many of us sit around comparing our mobile phone size to the Zack Morris brick phone (still amazes me), the younger generation is brushing up on their quasar knowledge – right on!
3. Active participation
One of the main benefits of using technology in the classroom is that the traditional passive learning mold is finally broken. Digital tools enable students to actively participate in the classroom – from gathering information from the Internet and making their own decisions, to deciding what is or isn’t relevant to their needs. Activity naturally helps the student become engaged in the lesson and retain more information.
4. Real-life work experience
In digitally updated classrooms, teachers act as the facilitators who set project goals for students and provide necessary resources or guidelines to reach those goals. The students make decisions with regards to the design choices, the information used, and the resources that will be referenced. Our youth will be better prepared for a successful future by utilizing these problem-solving tactics. Welcome to the real world, little Jimmy!
5. Two words: Video day
Think back to when you were in school, walking into the classroom and seeing the film projector out with a Bill Nye VHS box sitting on your teacher’s desk. Are you smiling? I am. Visually stimulating media that is readily available can help many students grasp complex concepts faster and easier than using textbooks. Recent studies have shown that when technology is implemented correctly, test scores rise, there is improved student attendance and increased student comprehension. Watch out, Mensa – you’re about to be pummeled with new members.