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Teachers are tapping into technology and digital media for learning. Watch How Google Saved a School and discuss the hype and the hopes for improving education through technology.

More and more educators are tapping into the power of digital media and technology for teaching and learning. The variety of information resources available online is simply staggering. Explore how teachers and students are using the power of social media to promote students' active engagement, critical thinking and literacy skills.

  • New Forms of Learning. It doesn't need to happen in school. Because it's visual, interactive and social, learning can happen anywhere with digital media as people collaborate and share about a wide range of topics and issues that matter to them.

  • Technology and School Improvement. Technology may transform schools by promoting student engagement and creativity. But critics fear that too much focus on technology takes attention away from what's really needed to improve schools: capable, well-trained teachers; student-centered learning methods; and smaller class sizes.

  • Hope, Hype and Reality. Are today's learners really different from previous generations? Compelling images of students using digital technology are impressive, but the research evidence on the impact of technology on learning is more mixed. And it's sometimes hard to separate the scholarship from the marketing hype, given the deep investment of technology companies in promoting the idea of technology's transformative potential.

Online Resources for Teachers include:
WATCH: Check out the featured videos and activities that explore learning in the digital age.
PLAY: Take the "Old School, New School" quiz.
RATE: Use Where Do You Stand? Rate your level of agreement with opinions about teaching and learning in K-12 schools today.
READ: Learn more through informative one-page readings.
COMMENT: What do you think? How do you use technology effectively in your school?

Learning Objectives:

In this workshop, educators will:

  • Understand why digital media and technology may (or may not) transform the process of teaching and learning
  • Clarify and reflect on attitudes about the role of digital media in education
  • Learn about specific instructional practices for integrating digital media and technology in the K-12 classroom
  • Consider the quality of various information sources on issues related to the use of digital media in schools

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posted February 2, 2010

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