Technology

Digital Learning in Afterschool

In recent years, digital technology has emerged as a fundamental tool in education, transforming the way students learn and gather information. It supports educators, improves learning and prepares students for future success. Sandy Holt, a 12-year technology teacher and Technology Arts Instructor at AlphaBEST Education, tells us why digital literacy is important for students today and how technology is used in afterschool.

Digital Learning Day: Digital Technology in Afterschool

How has technology transformed education?

AlphaBEST Technology Arts Instructor discusses digital learning(SH): Students are digital natives. They begin to manipulate digital devices at the age of two. By using technology in the classroom, we are turning their knowledge into learning by honing in on their fluency as digital learners. Digital technology is also hands-on, which enhances the curriculum and keeps students engaged.

How important is digital literacy for today’s students?

(SH): Digital learning fosters the four C’s of 21st century learning: collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity. As technology instructors, we want children to learn how to manipulate apps and programs, demonstrate how to operate those tools to create projects and communicate with others—in the classroom and globally. These skills are preparing students for college and future careers.

How does AlphaBEST use technology to advance learning?

Digital Learning in Afterschool

(SH): At AlphaBEST, we enhance learning with digital arts programs that encourage students to work collaboratively, as well as independently. When working with these programs, such as SAM Animation and LEGO Robotics, teachers are the facilitators and students become leaders. As they complete projects, students become digital creators and learn to solve problems and share solutions with their peers.

What do students enjoy most about using digital tools to learn?

(SH): Students enjoy seeing the final product after working through each step of a project. For example, when using SAM Animation, students narrate a storyboard, create figures to use as props and operate technology to develop the animated movie. Every student has a role, and they realize that their individual work collectively leads to the completion of the project. They are excited and beam with delight when it is time to share their creations with other students!

Digital Learning in Afterschool

Digital learning is a great way to foster 21st century skills in students. Join thousands of educators as they celebrate the innovative use of digital technology!

For more information about Digital Learning Day, visit digitallearningday.org.

To learn more about AlphaBEST Education, visit www.alphabest.org.

[Infographic] Technology Meets Language Learning

In prehistoric times, second languages were taught with worksheets, a tape recorder and headphones. Fast forward to the 21st century, and students are learning foreign languages with technology at their fingertips! Learning a foreign language offers an array of benefits, including improved academic performance, increased cognitive abilities and a larger selection of career choices. The integration of technology makes language learning more interactive and engaging for every student.

Language Learning Goes Digital

WeAreTeachers.com and Middlebury Interactive Languages recently released an infographic, “Language Learning Goes Digital” which focuses on how technology is used to improve second language instruction. The infographic reveals that more students are using laptops, tablets and other technological devices and software to learn a foreign language. The benefits include access to more resources and “authentic learning experiences,” the ability to be creative throughout the learning process and motivation to learn using the latest technology.

To learn more, view Language Learning Goes Digital.

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How To Implement Blended Learning

Blended learning has become a big buzzword recently in the education field. It’s a learning initiative that pairs face-to-face instruction with online delivery of content and instruction. Blended learning promotes highly-personalized, student-centered learning and employs the smart use of technology. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan believes it is a great way to prepare 21st century students for college and careers.

Digital Learning Now recently updated their Blended Learning Implementation Guide. Check out their infographic below which explains blended learning, how to implement it in your classroom or program and what has influenced a blended learning model.

Infographic: How to Implement Blended Learning Version 2.0