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Digital Learning Day: Resource Roundup

The fourth annual Digital Learning Day will be on March 13, 2015. We’ve compiled some useful resources to help you celebrate the day with your class and support digital learners all year long.

Integrating Technology into Schools

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Online Learning and Blended Classrooms

  • Modifying the Flipped Classroom: The "In-Class" Version, by Jennifer Gonzalez (2014)

    Guest blogger Gonzalez proposes a blended-learning model that incorporates the video lecture element as one of several stations that students visit during their class period.

  • 5 Tips for Flipping Your PBL Classroom, by Andrew Miller (2014)

    Edutopia blogger Miller considers how the project-based learning and flipped classroom models can successfully intersect, offering five tips for engaging students in the project while moving aspects of it outside the classroom walls.

  • The Flipped Mobile Classroom: Learning “Upside Down”, by Beth Holland (2013)

    Holland of EdTechTeacher considers the mechanics and benefits of flipping both an English and a science class, and suggests a variation on the flipped model for younger or less connected students. For more on the challenges and benefits of flipped classrooms, check out this video playlist from VideoAmy: "Five-Minute Film Festival: Flipped Classrooms."

  • Blended Learning Series, by Lisa Michelle Dabbs, Andrew Miller, and Heather Wolpert-Gawron (2012)

    This three-part blog series covers tips and strategies for incorporating blended learning -- a combination of both online and face-to-face education -- in the classroom.

  • Salman Khan on Liberating the Classroom for Creativity (2011)

    The founder of Khan Academy, a free educational video library that features over two thousand titles and an interactive dashboard for formative assessment, discusses how his videos can help create a "flipped classroom" that allows blended learning -- online lectures can happen at home and project-based learning can happen during school.

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Teaching with New Media Tools

  • Five-Minute Film Festival: Teaching Kids to Code, by Amy Erin Borovoy (2014)

    For teachers interested in incorporating coding and computer programming into the curriculum, VideoAmy has collected a variety of inspiring videos and helpful resources in this Five-Minute Film Festival.

  • Chrome Smashing: Creating the Inconceivable, by Beth Holland (2014)

    Edutopia blogger Holland talks about stretching the Chromebooks platform and breaking out of the box to help students unleash their creativity with a different approach to the tools they were already using.

  • Feeding Our Students' Reading Interests with RSS, by Troy Hicks (2014)

    Guest blogger Hicks, an associate English professor with a technology focus, presents RSS as an essential tool for bringing students reading material that interests them, and how to use it for leveraging critical reading practice.

  • Creating a “Least Restrictive Environment” with Mobile Devices, by Beth Holland (2013)

    Holland looks at how mobile devices can help create a 'least restrictive environment' not only for students with disabilities, but for everyone else as well. For more information about selecting and assessing assistive technology and accessible instructional materials, see Edutopia’s "Assistive Technology: Resource Roundup."

  • Challenging the Model of 1:1 with BYOD, by Amanda Paquette (2012)

    Tech specialist Paquette describes how her school district is blending the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and 1:1 classroom technology models to meet students' needs.

  • Top Ten Tips for Teaching with New Media Guide (2011)

    Our downloadable PDF classroom guide is full of succinct and practical ways to prepare our students for 21st-century success. This guide will help you deliver the relevant and meaningful education all students deserve. Also, visit our Technology Tools Community Discussions for additional information about technology tools, resources, and recommendations.

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Digital Games in the Classroom

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Working with Digital Learners

  • Technology and Teaching: Finding a Balance, by Andrew Marcinek (2014)

    Edutopia blogger Marcinek provides a thoughtful course correction for teachers facing full-on technology integration, offering three suggestions for focusing on media and balancing it with what students should be learning.

  • Building Technology Fluency: Preparing Students to be Digital Learners, by Beth Holland (2013)

    Holland reminds us that we're preparing students for a future that has yet to be invented as she defines technology fluency and offers three strategies for building it into curriculum.

  • Big Thinkers: Henry Jenkins on Participatory Culture and Media Education (2013)

    University of Southern California media scholar Henry Jenkins describes how educators might fuel civic engagement by tapping the skills their students build in interest-driven online communities.

  • Digital Citizenship: Resource Roundup (Updated 2013)

    Check out Edutopia's collection of articles, videos, and resources on cyberbullying, netiquette, and internet safety. For a playlist of videos on the importance of online safety, manners, privacy, and responsibility, also be sure to watch VideoAmy's Five-Minute Film Festival: Digital Citizenship.

  • The Digital Divide: Resource Roundup (Updated 2013)

    The "digital divide" is still a critical issue in education. This updated resource roundup includes resources and organizations to help educators understand the changing landscape and find information about supporting all learners to develop digital and media literacy.

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ClassroomAid's picture

Karen Cator, the United States Department of Education's (ED) director of technology, had addressed the move beyond the digital textbooks: "I think the trend is towards--I wouldn't call them e-books, I'd call them 'digital learning environments."
As Dan Meyer pointed out in this post: On iBooks 2 And iBooks Author: "No new technology is so novel we can't subject it to the question, "How does it change the relationship between student and teacher, student and discipline, one student to another?"
Textbooks or not, what we need is technology/ constructivist shift in classsrooms.

Scott Merrick's picture
Scott Merrick
Online Learning Specialist at Metro Nashville (TN) PS

...I would say that this archive of tools for innovators and "re-thinkers" would be enough in and of itself. Thank you so much for archiving the day's resources. From the trenches in Tennessee, I can echo that the main tasks before us include 1) changing established and incredibly entrenched preconceptions of how education looks, 2) establishing new and firmly-fixed-in-best-practices ways to go about education, and 3) working out just how these new ways function effectively within vast, powerful, and authoritative systems not designed to allow them (much less to enable them) to function optimally. Funding, policy, and law are our dragons and only by keeping the essential issue in focus--the well-being and nurturance of our children as they grow through childhood into adulthood--will we succeed in taming those dragons. This was a wonderful event, and it helps me to feel the tide turning toward the good.

jim miller's picture

Thanks for this wonderful compilation of DLD resources. I think these resources tough upon all the latest trends and their necessities, benefits and pitfalls. I'd like to commend, here, the role of OERs like CK12 FlexBook and Khan Academy, for the great work they are doing especially for STEM subjects, I think these resources with their interactive, engaging yet rigorous content have shown the way for other to follow. And the OER revolution is the next big thing in education, providing new opportunities of learning to whoever wants them.

Colette M Bennett's picture
Colette M Bennett
English Department Chair @ small rural middle/high school in Northwest CT

Today is Digital Learning Day! To mark the occasion, let me take you through a quick walkthrough of the halls of Wamogo Regional Middle/High School and give you a snapshot on how digital learning looks in the English classrooms grades 7-12.

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