Benefits and Challenges of Teaching in a Digital Learning Environment


We've been teaching in the 21st century for 15 years now. However, "There is a profound gap between the knowledge and skills most students learn in school and the knowledge and skills they need in typical 21st century communities and workplaces" (Partnership for 21st Century Skills). Rapidly changing technological advancements require us to transform our practice to meet digital age students' needs.



Human Continuum (5 min)
Take a moment to reflect on your current practice. Where would it fall on a continuum between the 20th and 21st century? Keep in mind that this is a judgement free zone! In order to progress, we have to understand where we currently are and examine why. Let's make a human continuum based on where you feel your practice is in this process. Turn and talk to someone near you on the continuum about why you positioned yourself there. Share out with the group.


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Benefits and Challenges Chat (10 min)

There are enormous benefits to transforming our teaching practice for learning in a digital environment, but it is challenging. Let's take a few minutes to recognize the benefits and acknowledge the challenges so that we can move forward!

Form groups and discuss the challenges involved in implementing a digital learning environment. Post your group's input to the padlet. Next, chat about the benefits of teaching in a digital learning environment and post to the padlet. Share out.

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