Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century

27 May

The video, “Digital Media:  New Learners of the 21st Century” was incredibly educational for me, having not been in the primary classroom for over a decade!  To see the kinds of technology kids are using today is inspiring!  As a DC resident, the piece on the Smithsonian Institution hit home for me.  Having  visited some of the Smithsonian museums recently, it was encouraging to see how much they have incorporated technology to enhance the learning experience.  The video explored a program run by the Smithsonian in which students create a scavenger hunt for their peers using their cell phones.  I thought this was a creative approach to engaging the students more in the vast array of collections the museums have to offer.  Students these days are more likely to associate a museum with boring artifacts and paintings, however, this program makes exploring the museum interesting and interactive as they text clues and take photographs with the phones.  The one statement that really resonated with me was  that we learn best by teaching; that we truly grasp a concept when we are having to explain or show it to someone.  I agree with the statement wholeheartedly and hope that I can use this technique in my classroom in the future.

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