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Domains of Digital Studying – EdTechTeacher


EdTechTeacher is so thrilled to welcome Jed Stefanowicz to our group of summer season instructors. Jed Stefanowicz is a Digital Studying Coach in Walpole, MA, offering job-embedded skilled studying and training for tutorial expertise. Via conferences and workshops, Jed goals to have interaction and construct workers/scholar digital studying capability, preserving the concentrate on observe over product. As a 25 yr elementary educator, speaker, blogger, and MA Educate Plus Coverage Fellow, Jed shares his ardour for efficient tech integration to rework educating and studying, and to design experiences that activate, innovate, and inspire digital studying. He’s the Creator of Take AIM at Digital Studying: Activate, Innovate, Inspire.

The next article was initially revealed on Jed’s weblog, Take AIM, on Could 7, 2022 and is posted right here with permission from the creator.

As a digital studying coach, one in every of my targets is to help and improve the academic capability of educators I work with. If we keep in mind to stay to the ABCs – At all times Construct Capability (thanks @jeantower), we are able to do a little bit of backwards planning to flip that acronym and discover out why: CBA – Capability Builds Company. For those who assume lecturers like acronyms, strive a reversible one!! Sure, capability builds company. My view of company in digital studying is the intersection and utility of three domains of digital studying: Wellness, Competency, and Creativity. 

Wellness

Wellness in digital studying is extra complicated and complete than an outdated protection of digital citizenship. In truth, digital citizenship is commonly seen  by classroom lecturers and households inside a framework of web security and habits. Wellness builds upon and develop digital citizenship whereas encompassing and together with households, society, social emotional studying and psychological well being in a extra holistic view of digital literacy. See the hyperlinks on the finish of this publish to dig deeper into digital wellness elements (bodily, cognitive, emotional, neighborhood) by way of Kerry Gallagher’s Join Safely weblog. 

Competency

This area spans the talents learners purchase and the alternatives we offer to measure their capability and development. In a competency method, studying shifts to the appliance of ideas in intentional and significant modes.  Competency in digital studying measures learners’ potential to perform duties and apply genuine abilities throughout content material areas, relatively than navigating a scope and sequence of technology-based duties surrounding the operation of merchandise and units. Competency retains the main focus shifted towards practices over merchandise. 

Creativity

If we need to empower a technology of content-creators, we have to prioritize digital design and creativity as vital classroom competencies. We have to replace what it means for college students to publish their work by way of strategies like  digital media, blogs, podcasts, and shows. Shifting college students from consuming to creating is a gradual course of that has suffered a backslide by way of the pandemic, and is that rather more vital in reestablishing and reengaging our children with efficient tech integration. 

Making use of a post-pandemic lens to digital studying teaching, specializing in particular domains to focus on with the lecturers I work with supplies an expert studying lens that retains our work targeted on educator-growth and student-learning, relatively than tool-training, or particular lesson-planning.  That is the way in which I’ve reshaped my imaginative and prescient and framework for teaching duriung this troublesome yr . It’s an excessive amount of to count on classroom lecturers to do the required work of rebuilding college students’ connection to high school and studying whereas reclaiming their very own. Academics have recognized this yr as their hardest but, and that leaves little room for skilled development past necessities. Specializing in digital wellness, competency, or creativity domains in isolation reduces the cognitive load on educators and shifts the expectation to extra focused capacity-building efforts. 

Contemplating these three domains of wellness, competency, and creativity can be a manner for directors to focus their gaze towards the methods by which lecturers are partaking college students with expertise.  We’re previous tech-integration, and able to elevate the appliance of educational expertise to reinforce educating and studying to impression student-agency.  We are built-in, whether or not by way of 1:1 units, LMS platforms, or tech-enhanced lesson plans.  We’re able to Take AIM to activate content material, innovate instruction, and inspire learners.

Involved in studying extra?  Be a part of Jed for EdTechTeacher workshops this summer season!

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