DIGITAL AGE LEARNING SKILLS -- One School's Vision

  • View the entire presentation slide show here.
  • Example of one school who has intentionally integrated Digital Age Student Skills into the curriculum.
  • Tools for various Digital Age Student Skills:
    • The ability to use technology in God-pleasing ways for ministry and personal productivity, and in keeping with good digital citizenship practices.
    • The ability to analyze information and sources critically for accuracy and relevancy.
      • Wikipedia: How does one determine the accuracy of articles found on this site?
      • Does this site have accurate information? Why or why not? What steps might be taken to determine its accuracy and relvancy? What about this site?
    • The ability to communicate effectively through the spoken word.
      • VoiceThread: Build spoken content based on an image, series of images, or topics using this tool.
      • Use Photo Story 3 (or similar Mac software) to create presentations using still images, music, and voice.
      • Podcasting: Click here to listen to why first graders love Shepherd of the Hills. (NOTE: Find the link to the actual file near the top of the page.)
    • The ability to communicate effectively through the written word.
      • Google Docs: Free basic word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation software which allows for multiple authors and viewers as well as real-time collaboration.
      • Zoho: Another free collaborative set of office and productivity tools.
      • Wikispaces: Free ad-free wikis for education. Great for building collaborative content with other students or classes. See the following examples of education wikis:
        • Student wiki between two schools answering questions from history using primary source material in a collaborative environment.
        • Book discussion wiki on The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis.
        • Comparing Hemispheres: Two schools in different hemispheres compare notes about life in their own parts of the world.
      • Student blogging -- many free tools available, including Blogger, WordPress, and Edublogs.
    • The ability to collaborate effectively with others -- even with those whom you may not personally know.
    • The ability to be motivated to be a life-long learner
      • Google Reader : Keep track of Internet sites and web content from a single location and service.
      • iGoogle: Pulls content from all over the web into one place. Add gadgets to your pages to pull in specific content.
      • Pageflakes : Another tool similar to iGoogle . Pulls content from the Internet to be displayed in "flakes", or modules, on a page. See this Technology Current Events page I created as an example of what is possible with this service.
    • The ability to create, innovate, and problem solve collaboratively and independently.
      • Scratch : Free software download that is a programming language for students. Teaches basic programming and problem solving skills while allowing students to create interactive stories, games, music and art.
      • Alice : Another free software title for student programming and project creation, but using more advanced tools.
      • Google SketchUp: Build and modify 3D models. Can be used with Google Earth and other Google tools.
      • Gamemaker 7.0 : Give students the opportunity to build their own games with this free download. Connect these games to curricular goals.
    • The ability to act and think globally.
      • Google Earth: Free software download of a robust geography software.

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