Feb 25 2019
To do so will require a dramatic change in education, shying away from the traditional classroom lecture model and diving headfirst into the digital-age learning culture. In this article, we discuss what the “digital-age learning culture” really means and how it will impact classrooms today and in the future.
Digital-age learning culture refers to the prioritization of collaboration and communication among teachers and staff to “ensure successful integration of technology for student learning.” As the world becomes more tech-savvy and relies on digital solutions to solve everyday problems, classrooms must provide students with the tech skills modern jobs require. So, teachers, administrative staff, and CTE directors must work together to
In the digital-age learning culture, staff focus on providing students with the technology and resources for learning. Pembroke Publishers refers to it as “instructional innovation,” which urges teachers to think of ways to continuously improve technology-based learning. The ideal educational environment in the digital-age learning culture is a technology-rich classroom that encourages exploration, collaboration, and critical thinking skills in real-world contexts.
Education in the digital age — teaching and learning — requires instructors to rethink the traditional classroom model. While some educators worry the digital-age learning culture will result in the obsolescence of in-person teachers, the opposite is true. Instead, teachers take on a new, more flexible role of classroom facilitator.
Modern students are digital natives and often more familiar with technology than their teachers. However, it’s up to the educators to guide their students and demonstrate how to “access and evaluate knowledge,” according to the 2017 Digital Learning: Education and Skills in the Digital Age report. In other words, teachers need to show students how to
In the digital-age learning culture, teachers are more like coaches, encouraging teamwork and providing assessments to help students improve their skills. Teachers are expected to help students help themselves — no longer showing students how to solve problems directly, but instead, demonstrating how to find the resources to figure out the solution on their own.
This shift toward facilitation and “do it yourself” learning matches how training happens in the workplace. Only 10% of all workplace learning is done in a formal, classroom-like setting. On the flip side, 70% of workplace training is completed through self-learning and on-the-job learning, with 20% of training done through peer-to-peer learning (2017 Digital Learning report).
The future of digital learning is a popular topic, with websites and reports predicting which new, emerging digital tools will transform future classrooms. PBS LearningMedia surveyed 1,544 U.S. preK-12 teachers to get their thoughts on the future of digital learning:
While none of these findings are very surprising, they indicate that teachers know technology has a place in the classroom, and digital learning is only going to become more prolific over time.
However, some organizations believe that much bigger changes need to take place in the U.S. educational system to account for the rapidly changing workplace. As automation takes jobs out of the market and the need for skilled, technical workers emerges, many countries are focusing on increasing their vocational institutions and labor market programs. The SAP “Taking Learning Back to School” report urges educational institutions to rethink the skills students really need to be successful in an increasingly technical workplace.
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