Technology has the power to make anyone become productive. Within our education system, there are a variety of learners with which teachers can reach by utilizing these electronic devices. Not to mention with PARCC and NJ Education system seeing re-vamping, along with the common core; schools that have not had large access to technology, have now become encompassed with different forms of electronic media, and we are starting to see more and more integration. That's where I come in. Hello, I'm the Digital Literacy Teacher!
As a Digital Literacy Teacher, my subject offers a supplemental support of every subject a classroom teacher ELA, Science, Social Students, and Math. I will teach the same concepts from the classroom, trained the same way a traditional classroom teacher teaches, but now I get to work specifically with technology and show the students how to take their current classroom concepts and bring them into technology. I understand the fact that certain concepts or skills need to be taught without technology, and I would like to make it known that I support those concepts and understand their importance within the education system. This simply isn't the topic at hand.
Digital Literacy in an elementary setting is introducing even more skills and concepts, that when taught properly under supervision, can help a learner as they move to higher grade levers create something unique, which expresses the lesson a traditional classroom teacher has taught in a different way. To sum this up, it's project-based learning.
You're traditional shoe-box projects are becoming no more. Scary as that may seem, education is doing their best to help students incorporate this 'new way to learn'. I'm not saying the traditional, technology-free projects did not boast a variety of importance, skill, and cognitive recognition.
It also is understood in this classroom that some families may not have the means to support technology at home. Parent communication with this is key. We work through that. I personally will schedule after school days, the public library can also become a valuable option. Without fail, the student, with teacher and parent help, will receive the support needed to complete the project. Many times, these projects are completed in class to support the students, because they were simply so excited to learn with this tool. minimal is done at home, although I am more than willing to send things home to have parents support the curriculum. :-)
photo credit: http://smartblogs.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/digital-literacy.jpg (thank you for the borrow!)
.....Reflecting on my experiences within education...from the traditional classroom to the digital classroom