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Students Gathered with Devices

Create Rich Technology-Driven Learning Experiences

by Dr. Tim Clarck

BYOT Network

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Digital vs Digitized Learning

Just providing teachers with an organizational tool, such as an LMS, will not lead to transformative practices. Teachers need on-going support if they are to truly transform their classrooms into ecosystems for digital age learning.

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Beyond Online Assignment Submissions to Immersive Digital Experiences

The SAMR Model (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition), which was developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, can serve as a good guideline for instructors grappling with the introduction of digital and digitized learning in the classroom. Substitution and Augmentation relate to digitized learning as students work with computers rather than documents. Modification and Redefinition relate to digital learning—literally engaging in digital learning experiences. This piece suggests that there is an opportunity for instructors to move from digitized to digital learning through open-ended assignments, practice and experience. How can your school system lay the foundation for teachers to adopt these principles?

With the goal of moving beyond the use of technology simply to submit assignments, the adoption of digital learning can lead to more robust and more immersive experiences for students. To support these efforts teachers need to have an environment that not only offers the required digital resources, but also provides learning opportunities and establishes realistic expectations for learning outcomes.

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