Dig­i­tal learn­ing continues to trans­form learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences


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Tech­nol­ogy is an im­por­tant part of many people’s daily lives. De­vices like com­put­ers, tablets, smart­phones and video games are now so widely used that it’s hard to imag­ine a life with­out email, the In­ter­net or text mes­sages.

Even chil­dren are prov­ing adept at us­ing tech­nol­ogy, which can be a valu­able tool for ed­u­ca­tors at­tempt­ing to reach to­day’s young­sters. Dig­i­tal learn­ing is learn­ing fa­cil­i­tated by tech­nol­ogy. Not only can dig­i­tal learn­ing be done in the class­room, but also it can ex­tend to home life as chil­dren con­tinue to ex­plore lessons through hands-on in­ter­ac­tion with dig­i­tal de­vices.

Ac­cord­ing to data from Project To­mor­row’s “Speak Up” study, an ini­tia­tive of the na­tion’s leading ed­u­ca­tion non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, stu­dents are frus­trated with the lack of tech­nol­ogy in their schools and by the lack of so­phis­ti­cated use of that tech­nol­ogy. The study in­di­cates that stu­dents want more of the fol­low­ing:

Stu­dents ac­cli­mated to tech­nol­ogy at home are not con­tent to merely rely on text­books or CDs in the class­room. They’re more in­ter­ested in in­ter­ac­tive, Web-based tools that en­hance com­mu­ni­ca­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion.

As a re­sult of this shift­ing land­scape, par­ents should ex­pect to see more lessons and home­work in­volv­ing in­ter­ac­tive tech­nol­ogy. To make this tran­si­tion go more smoothly, teach­ers and par­ents can work to­gether to en­sure kids are mak­ing the most of the ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ments in ed­u­ca­tion.

The fol­low­ing are just a hand­ful of the changes that fig­ure to come about as a re­sult of the tran­si­tion to dig­i­tal learn­ing.

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