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This comprehensive book offers a practical pathway for developing twenty-first-century skills while simultaneously strengthening content-area learning. Digital Learning contains a wealth of research-based practices to integrate the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) National Education Technology Standards (NETS) for both students and teachers. Each of the suggested project-based ...
This comprehensive book offers a practical pathway for developing twenty-first-century skills while simultaneously strengthening content-area learning. Digital Learning contains a wealth of research-based practices to integrate the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) National Education Technology Standards (NETS) for both students and teachers. Each of the suggested project-based learning examples (in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Geography) can be used successfully as stand-alone units, but are even more effective when approached in a cross-disciplinary way.
The digital learning described in this book has been created to meet the diverse needs of students in a variety of situations.
Preface: Digital Age Learning Requires Digital Age Skills xvii
1 Digital Age Learning: Why Now? Why Me? 1
2 Rethinking Best Practices and Digital Age Learning 23
3 The Digital Learning Process 33
4 Do Try This at Home! Checking Your Digital Age Teaching
and Learning Tool Kit 53
5 Eyes on the Prize! 58
6 Walking the Talk: Evolving Your Practice with NETS for Teachers 141
Appendix A: Connect Your Classroom and Real Life: Career Clusters 156
Appendix B: Multidisciplinary Project: Our Community Fifty Years from Now 165
Appendix C: How to Use the DVD 169
1 English Projects
English 01 Who’s Selling Us Now?
English 02 Who’s Telling the Truth? Whose Truth Is Being Told?
English 03 Web Reader’s Guide
English 04 Learning to Swim in a Sea of Data
English 05 Literature Circles Meet Web 2.0
2 Math Projects
Math 01 Same Problems, Different Answers?
Math 02 How to Lie with Statistics
Math 03 Making Math Meaning, in Teams
Math 04 Down the Drain
Math 05 Redesign Your School in Green
3 Science Projects
Science 01 Do You Hear What I Hear?
Science 02 Troubled Waters
Science 03 On Solid Ground?
Science 04 If Habitats Could Talk
Science 05 Be Earth’s Biographer
4 Geography Projects
Geography 01 Nominate Local Landmarks
Geography 02 Map Your Community!
Geography 03 Lands Like Ours
Geography 04 Invent to Save Lives!
Geography 05 Inform Your Local Leaders
Digital Learning Trends Template (spreadsheet)
Digital Learning Trends Sample (spreadsheet)
PrePost NETS S Assessment
TPACK Activity Types (spreadsheet)
Notes (DVD version in Word)
6 Video Clips
1 Chris Dede Interviews
1 Intro Chris Dede.mov
2 Chris Dede—Vision.mov
3 Chris Dede—Team Learning.mov
4 Chris Dede—Connected Teaching Model.mov
2 David Thornburg Interviews
1 David Thornburg—Online Learning.mov
2 David Thornburg Creativity.mov
3 David Thornburg Math Projects.mov
4 David Thornburg Science and Career Clusters.mov
5 David Thornburg STEM.mov
3 Digital Learning and TPACK Activity Types
4 Doug Johnson Interview
5 Kari Stubbs Interview
6 Margaret Riel Interview
7 MultiDisciplinary Project Videos
8 Tina Rooks Interviews
Posted February 7, 2012
“Digital Learning: Strengthening and Assessing 21st Century Skills” is a notable exception to a pattern I've repeatedly seen: knowing that most teachers are very busy and they genuinely care about doing a good job to prepare students to become successful, productive adults, too often the resources created to support them are either designed to do their thinking for them (step-by-step manuals) or are so abstract from the reality of schooling that they rarely penetrate the teaching and learning environment in any meaningful or lasting way. Instead, this book, with its accompanying DVD of many more resources, brings together well-crafted policy (Common Core standards and NETS standards) and a spectrum of highly useful curricular and programmatic examples, all within a clear framework for individual and collective exploration and learning that’s made possible (and imperative) with today’s technology. Classroom (and boardroom) educators will find this book a valuable springboard for designing, implementing, assessing and modifying meaningful learning experiences for students—from a day’s lesson to entire programs. I envision communities of education practitioners (across subjects, across town and across the country) using the sound advice in “Digital Learning” to energize their classes with engagement and relevance. I’ve worked with and in support of many classroom teachers, and I’ve read much of the literature on education as well as the policy and program materials that districts, states and districts put out on their behalf, and wish that those materials rose to the level of usefulness that "Digital Learning" achieves.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 4, 2012
In his new book, Digital Learning, Ferdi Serim coalesces for educators the essential nuggets of what's been experienced and learned over the past three decades as information and communications technology have impacted all areas of life, save a majority of school settings.
Educators, from the most traditional to the most daring, will find this book an essential resource on their digital journey. Digital Learning is a much needed overview of what has been learned and the terrain covered over the past three decades. As we ready ourselves for the exploration of Common Core Standards, it is imperative that we take stock in what we've learned from our efforts. Digital Learning is both a road map of well worn pathways and a guide book suggesting some off-the-beaten-trail possibilities.
As an avid backpacker and mountaineer, I wouldn't think of embarking on an adventure without my topographic map, compass and some knowledge about where I'm going and what I might possibly encounter. Digital Learning is such a map and journal of collective educational experience assembled by a veteran digital explorer, Ferdi Serim. Whether you're designing curriculum, planning a new program, or participating with peers in a professional community, Digital Learning gives you big, fundamental insights and practical examples you'll find very useful on your digital learning adventure.
-a fellow digital learning pioneer and adventurer