How Digital Tools Are Connecting Teaching And Learning
June 15, 2011
In science and math classes across the country, digital tools are being used to conduct experiments, analyze data, and run 3-D simulations to explain complex concepts. Language arts teachers are now pushing the definition of literacy to include the ability to express ideas through media. This report, "Multimedia Transformation," examines the many ways multimedia tools are transforming teaching and learning as schools work to raise achievement and prepare students for careers that require increasingly sophisticated uses of technology.
- Reading & Literacy Language Arts Educators Balance Text-Only Tactics With Multimedia SkillsTeaching students to read and write with depth and understanding should be a high priority no matter what approach is being used, experts say.Curriculum Art and Music Learning Emphasize Interactivity, Real-World RelevanceDigital tools can be key to engaging more students in art and music and preparing others for careers in those fields.Curriculum Math Educators See the Right Angles for Digital ToolsThe math world is bursting with technologies that visualize concepts, adapt to students' strengths and weaknesses, and align with state academic standards.Teaching Profession Teachers Hold the Real Keys to Whiteboard EffectivenessExperts say educator skill is the key determinant of the impact that interactive whiteboards have on student learning.IT Infrastructure 'Safe' Social Networking Tailored for K-12 SchoolsIn the age of Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, some schools instead turn to social networks designed specifically for education.Curriculum Quality Content in Demand as Multimedia Use ExpandsDigital curricula repositories are helping to fill the growing need for more and better multimedia content.Curriculum Digitized Historical Documents Give Students Direct Access to the PastStudents can now review thousands of perspectives from key historical figures faster and more easily than ever before.Science Technology Evolves to Offer a Clearer View of ScienceSchools are incorporating computer simulations and 3-D modeling to help students visualize and understand complex concepts.