If you are a teacher with a passion for teaching, ThingLink is an essential tool for your toolkit. This flexible tool is well-suited for helping students dig deeper into content as they create. Learning to use ThingLink is an adventure worth exploring.
When I visit a digital age classroom where students are actively using technology tools for inquiry and creating new products to show their learning, I see a similarity to an ecosystem. The students and teacher interact within the classroom environment in an organic way to construct learning experiences. What are the components of this digital age learning ecosystem?..
A Sense of Community
Teachers intentionally nurture a community in the digital age learning ecosystem. They know the interests, strengths, and challenges of their students, and they are eager to learn alongside them. Rather than viewing themselves as content experts with the primary purpose of directing instruction, teachers in the digital age learning
ecosystem relish the roles of learner and explorer. Digital citizenship is ingrained throughout the practices of the classroom. Because students have typically developed their own norms and practices for how they should co-exist with technology, teachers in the digital age learning ecosystem must encourage appropriate netiquette and the responsible use of technology tools and resources.
Teachers should design lessons or units of study within the digital age learning ecosystem by posing essential, open-ended questions.
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in Digital Age Learning posted on July 6, 2014
According to Gardner, and well accepted by most educational researchers, each individual has certain strengths or intelligences. As educators, by providing students opportunities to exercise these strengths, we can better individualize their learning and promote their success. These opportunities can be made more plentiful through the use of technology.
In order to clarify this and provide easy options for tech integration, I created a comprehensive guide to technology and multiple intelligences. In the guide you will see each intelligence explained, followed by a list of technology tools that caters to that intelligence. Each technology is then linked to its source as well as briefly described.
This page has items suitable for our students as well as catering for the strengths, or intelligences, of our teachers. It is also worth considering areas our students, or staff are weak in; accessing technology to build strength in those areas is also very relevant.
Click here to access the guide with embedded links