Digital Learning Experiences
Digital learning experiences encompass more than just using a laptop for a typewriter. Technological tools that engage students in higher level, critical thinking such as simulations, interactive games, and visual displays of information plus podcasts, videos, and collaboration tools can provide ample opportunities for rich learning experiences.
To maximize the potential of digital learning experiences, however, students must develop a mastery of certain critical thinking skills essential to living in a multimedia world.
By integrating the guiding principles of leadership, ethics, accountability, fiscal responsibility, environmental awareness, global citizenship, and personal responsibility key to Digital Citizenship into classroom instruction teachers will not only facilitate digital learning experiences, but ensure that students acquire a proficiency in 21st Century Fluencies needed to thrive in the digital landscape of today and the future.
Designing digital learning experiences that incorporate these 21st Century Fluencies may seem like a daunting task, but there are a number of resources available to educators. Here is a small sample:
Digital Information Fluency is the ability to find, evaluate and use digital information effectively, efficiently and ethically.
21st century teaching and learning combines a discrete focus on 21st century student outcomes blending specific skills, content knowledge, expertise and literacies to help students master the multi-dimensional abilities required of them in the 21st century.
Attempts to apply video game technology to the transmission and dispersion of news information.
Develops digital learning games and interactive programs on a variety of subjects.
Uses data to create a visual pattern aimed at facilitating data analysis and updating research methods.