Digital Tools for 21st Century Learning

Did you know (according to a recent NCES study):
  • 60% of minorities in America do not successfully complete grade 12?
  • 39% believe that school work will have any bearing on their success in later life?
  • 28% of 12th grade high school students believe that school work is meaningful?
  • 21% believe that their courses are interesting?

Ask yourself:
  • Why are kids in our classrooms?
  • Would kids be in your classroom if they didn't have to be there?
  • Are they there because they want to be there or because they have no other choice?

Video: I Need My Teachers to Learn 2.2

If kids have to be there, what can we begin to do differently to help more students want to be in our classes more of the time?

We are digital immigrants. Our students are digital natives. Today's students were born with a mouse in hand and have grown up with the assumption that images on a screen are supposed to be manipulated and interacted with - that screens aren't just for passive consumption. They have become "screenagers" operating at twitch speed. Their brains are wired differently than ours.

The Gap Between Digital Learners & Traditional Teachers

Digital Learners Prefer:
Many Educators Prefer:
receiving info quickly from multiple multimedia sources
slow & controlled release of info from limited sources
parallel processing & multi-tasking
singular processing & single or limited tasking
processing pictures, sounds color, & video before text
to provide text before pictures, sounds & video
random access to hyper-linked multimedia information
to provide info linearly, logically & sequentially
to network simultaneously with many others
students to work independently before they network & interact
to learn “just-in-time”
to teach “just-in-case”
instant gratification & immediate rewards
deferred gratification & delayed rewards
learning that’s relevant, active, instantly useful & fun
feel compelled to teach to the curriculum guide & tests

Take time to honor and respect your students. Immerse yourself in the 21st century digital world. Put yourself on a "digital diet". Each month commit to learning a new and different digital tool.
  • Learn the tool
  • Learn how to use the tool
  • Learn to use the tool to create your own digital resources and content

For a list of tools to begin with visit: WebTools4u2use

Jukes, Ian. Understanding Digital Kids (DKs) Teaching and Learning in the New Digital Landscape. The InfoSavvy Group, July, 2008.
Jukes, Ian. Closing the Digital Divide: 7 Things Education and Educators Need to Do . The InfoSavvy Group, May, 2008.