Digital learning is key to helping students build the skills they’ll need to succeed in college and the workforce. This year, Digital Learning Day is on February 27, and we’ve gathered some tools and resources to help you celebrate.
By digital learning, most educators agree with the definition on the Digital Learning Day site: “Digital learning is any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience.”
Digital tools and resources will never replace teachers–in fact, teachers are key in the process that makes a tool or resource beneficial to students. When teachers know how to effectively use digital learning tools in the classroom, students are proven to demonstrate more engagement with learning materials and more achievement.
It’s important to remember that digital learning doesn’t just happen in a classroom full of students–it applies to professional learning, online learning for teachers and students, and blended or hybrid learning.
Here are five digital learning resources to get you started–check out Digital Learning Day’s Activities and Ideas section for many more.
1. Sumopaint, an online photo editor and painting application, lets users edit and create their own images, and they can also remix existing shared images.
2. With the CTQ Collaboratory, interact with experienced teachers across the country and share tools, tips, and lessons. Educators also can use this as an incubator to build new content for students.
3. Check out Memarden–what would you do with an interactive multimedia lesson you can create in under 5 minutes, which is automatically converted into games and activities?
4. The National WWI Museum and Memorial is striving to expand the narrative about the war by providing teachers with free materials about the enduring impact of WWI on modern times. The museum’s extensive resources, available to both educators and their students, can be easily accessed via a digital Education Database. The collection includes curriculum guidance and supporting materials, such as lesson plans, articles, videos, classwork documents and more.
5. Digital Learning Day’s suggested lessons include how to create presentations, write adventure stories, help students understand their digital footprints, bring TED-Ed to your district, and more.