Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Emerging Leader: David W. Denton

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Emerging Leader: David W. Denton

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David Denton is an assistant professor at Seattle Pacific University, where he teaches about leadership, technology, and history. His most recent research forays have been into social media, middle school social studies, and preservice teacher qualifications.

We're seeing it in high schools and college, but what does online or digital learning have to offer the middle school student?

Online and digital technologies are only useful for learning if they extend and enhance our cognitive abilities. It is evident that technology has the potential to do this in many ways. The next generation of education technology will enable students to interact with subject matter in ways that transcend conventional practices and beliefs about learning. For example, computer applications will enable students to model and simulate real-world situations in order to solve problems, with limited background knowledge. The frequency with which students currently recall information, procedures, and content will be superseded with the need to identify problems, make connections across disciplines, and work collaboratively online. Implementation of any technological advance requires capacity, and this takes time to build. Nevertheless, I think that online and digital learning will certainly be an integral part of every educational setting in years to come. …

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