One of the positive consequences of continuously emergent tech is that it provides us with increasingly meaningful ways to integrate the use of technology into learning. The technology of 2019 provides us with opportunities to consume, curate, and create with an ease and interactivity that was not available in 2009. If, like many educators, you are still seeking ways to use technology in meaningful ways Digital Learning Day is the day to try new things!
Digital Access is one of the Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship and Digital Learning Day's mission is working to increase access to all students. According to the Digital Learning Day website, "Digital Learning Day was started as a way to actively spread innovative practices and ensure that all youth have access to high-quality digital learning opportunities no matter where they live." Digital Access isn't just about having wifi or devices, it is about providing students with engaging and authentic learning opportunities. Digital Learning Day is a dedicated opportunity to increase those opportunities for students.
With increasing demands placed on teachers through standards and assessments it can feel like integrating technology is another thing to add to the list. That is why we have chosen a few resources to share with you that will meet your current technology integration that meets a range in age, and supports the varied devices you may have in your classrooms and schools.
If you are new to using educational technology, Digital Learning Day's available lessons, resources, and tools are a great place to start. The tools they have shared meet the various types of media literacy; coding, presentation tools, and amplifying student that can be used in conjunction with math, literacy, science or social studies units.
If you are eager to dive into Digital Learning Day, but are limited on time to create and execute a lesson, our very own Chief Content Creator, Tracy Mercier has 20 - 30 minute lessons and 60 minute mini units. She also has resources like posters and anchor charts that invite your students to work independently and are inquiry driven.
If you are someone who is looking to integrate Augmented and Virtual Reality, Jaime Donnaly's website ARVRinEdu is the place to explore! She has suggestions for consuming and creating Augmented and Virtual Reality that will fit your current need and tools. She has also curated a YouTube playlist that will invite your students to swim with sharks, experience the Civil War, and go to the Grand Canyon.