All children have the right to an educational experience that prepares
for success in the digital, knowledge-based society of the 21st
century. We believe that incorporating digital media into the classroom
can help students achieve their potential and prepare them for their
The real world of tomorrow will be a global community
where our friends and professional colleagues are highly mobile
and may live anywhere.
But to succeed today, and in the future, students
also must be prepared with what are referred to as 21st-century
skills-the ability to solve problems, collaborate, and gather and
analyze data. We also need to encourage students to develop their
imaginations, to visualize, to create.
Digital media can bring learning to life by helping
students master difficult concepts, increasing the relevance of
today's classroom, and giving students a means of self-expression.
This is a powerful way to prepare students for the future and help
raise student achievement today.
But digital media isn't only powerful for the
students. Teachers are the key to success in the classroom, and
there are many ways that we can empower teachers with digital media.
We want to engage and motivate students so that they enjoy and appreciate
the love of learning. Ideally, teachers want to individualize instruction
for students in the ways that best suit them. By incorporating digital
media into the curriculum, teachers can find new strengths in students
that they never knew they had.
Digital media gives educators the tools to help
students with different learning styles, such as kinesthetic, auditory,
and visual learners.
Teachers and students are also using digital media
to document their work to show progress over time. For individualized
education plans (IEPs), end-of-the-year exhibitions, and portfolios,
digital media captures the best examples of learning and professional
growth. Teachers can also use digital media to capture and share
best practices. Now, it's easy to create and distribute great examples
of teaching and learning around the school or the entire district.
A mentor teacher now can be shared with a wider group of educators.