Understanding Digital Learning

Digital Learning is “learning facilitated by technology that gives students some element of control over time, place, path and pace.”

If children have access to digital devices and the Internet, their learning is no longer restricted to the classroom during school hours. These kids can learn almost anything at any time, anywhere.

Interactive and adaptive software allows students to learn in their own style. This makes learning personal and engaging. Teachers have the ability to adjust and alter their teaching styles to suit individuals needs, based on the real-time data these new technologies provide.

These technologies also allow students to work and learn at their own pace. Students have the ability to spend as much time or as little time as they personally need, while still achieving the same level of learning at the end.

Digital learning is made up of three parts: Technology, digital content and instruction

  • Technology is the mechanism that delivers content. It includes Internet and hardware. It it’s the tool, that facilitates how students receive content.
  • Digital content is the material, which is delivered through technology. It’s WHAT students learn through technology.
  • Instruction is the educator’s role in digital learning. Technology doesn’t eliminate the need for teachers. They are essential in guiding and assisting students learning, and keeping them on track. Teachers can use digital education as a tool to expand their methods of teaching.

Digital learning is considered to be the future of education and as you can see in the video below, is changing the way future generations will learn.

Resources

Gosa.georgia.gov. (2016). What is Digital Learning? The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. [online] Available at: https://gosa.georgia.gov/what-digital-learning#_ftn1 [Accessed 25 Apr. 2016].

 

 

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