Digital Learning Strategies: How Do I Assign and Assess 21st Century Work?

Digital Learning Strategies: How Do I Assign and Assess 21st Century Work?

Digital Learning Strategies: How Do I Assign and Assess 21st Century Work?

Digital Learning Strategies: How Do I Assign and Assess 21st Century Work?

Synopsis

More than a decade into the 21st century, teachers continue to struggle with designing digital assignments as a viable tool for learning and with assessing the demonstration of that learning through student-created products. Digital tools continue to be used primarily for consumption of available resources rather than in the creation of something new. This publication explores what types of assignments are worth engaging online, how teachers and students can leverage global interactions to improve their work, and how teachers can assess digital projects and other work. Along the way, Fisher offers practical advice on rigor and relevance, digital citizenship, formative assessment, and digital portfolios. With instructional strategies and examples of real student work across the content areas, Digital Learning Strategies will allow readers to develop an understanding of the what, when, why, and how of digital assignments and assessments.

Excerpt

In the 21st century, we enjoy a lot of conveniences that would have been inconceivable a hundred years ago—the World Wide Web, video conferencing, mobile devices—yet so much of how we teach students remains stubbornly traditional. Is this because, as Heidi Hayes Jacobs (2010) quips, we enjoy preparing kids for 1973? Is it because we’re scared that robots will someday replace teachers? Is the proliferation of information and technology just too overwhelming for us to consider better and more convenient ways of doing things? Whatever the reason, it’s just not okay anymore to ignore the changing faces of our students and of the tools that we use to educate them.

So what do we do now? I believe it boils down to two words: Think immersive. I want technology to be what water is to a fish; what air is to a human; what the Force is to Luke Skywalker. Immersed in technology is what classrooms in the 21st century must be, with digital tools an always-available choice rather than a planned-for event.

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