This year, Digital Learning Day is February 17, 2016.
I know there are tons of new and exciting digital opportunities with Google Drive activities that interest me and I am sure would interest my students. But before we can get into these things, we have to put the horse before the cart.
I teach Middle School and I have wrongfully assumed that because my students seem to proficient with their phones, that they would be fluent with the terms when using the internet on a laptop or computer.
When I recently provided an internet address like www.socrative.com so that my students can log on directly to particpate in a game and take a quiz, I found that 75% or more of them were going to Google and then copying this web address into a search box rather than placing it into the address bar. Never mind the fact that they do not know that it is called a URL. Or the fact that they have no idea how to tell a reliable site from an unreliable one from the list they generate using the search bar.
So I thought I might find a good little video on You Tube to help teach my students some basics. Wrong again! There are lots of videos but the authors either say "um" A LOT and are confusing or they are too long-winded. So...I made my own.
Disclaimer: I am not a professional video maker. I am "just" a teacher.
After watching the video, I will have students complete this activity:
You are welcome to use this video and the activity too!
Just click HERE to get your own copy of the activity. :)
I have made a few activities that are compatible with Google Drive that are waiting in the wings as I ready my students with the basics. Besides learning the ways of the internet, my students are making sure they have e-mail accounts since our district doesn't have Google Classroom. It won't be long before we're ready to take on all kinds of new ways of recording and representing our knowledge digitally!
Ready for more? Here's some great ways to go Digital!
Digital Learning Day 2016--Why Should You Try Something New? Because Your Students Will Thank You.
My students thank me all the time for the new “stuff” we are doing this year. Go ahead--take the plunge! Believe me, if you have access to any sort of technology (even one device), then do it. That one tablet or laptop can open up a window to a universe of instructional opportunities. Your students will want to get to that tech center.
Digital Learning Day, February 17, 2016, is ultimately about bringing equal opportunity to our classrooms, regardless of location or socioeconomic status. It is about the importance of having access to Wi-Fi and up-to-date technology in our schools. Many schools have technology that is not working or that is out-of-date. State and local governments are now focusing on getting it all fixed so that our school children can succeed in the 21st century.
Here's the challenge--On February 17, 2016, try a new lesson that focuses on discovery, analysis, and exploration. Give your students the gift of a new opportunity by using Google Classroom, MS OneDrive, or an App. And don’t forget to share what you are doing in your classroom on social media to celebrate Digital Learning Day with #futureready. To help you get started, we’ve teamed up to share an amazing selection of blog posts and classroom activities that are designed to propel you and your students into your digital learning adventure.