Students develop and employ strategies for understanding and solving problems in ways that leverage the power of technological methods to develop and test solutions.
Our students need to succeed as individuals, citizens, and workers in the 21st century by developing and employing the skills of critical thinking and problem solving, effective communication, collaboration, as well as creativity, and innovation.
In my post, Promote Deeper Thinking Through Digital Learning, I emphasized the importance of deeper learning, which prepares students to master core academic content, think critically and solve complex problems, work collaboratively, communicate effectively, and learn how to learn. Digital learning enables new strategies and formats, such as online and blended learning and competency-based learning, which have the potential to contribute to deeper understanding. Technology helps “teachers do more by creating new learning environments that leverage teacher talent and allow students to go deeper. It generates more personalization for students, and thus more motivation and persistence” (VanderArk & Schneider, 2012, p11).
My post also pointed out that the power of technology in promoting deeper learning and problem solving in students will lead them to success in college and prepare for careers is clear. However, fully empowering learners to engage in deeper learning through technology needs to be intentionally and purposefully designed and delivered by educators and school leaders.
VanderArk, T., & Schneider, C. (2012, June). How Digital Learning Contributes to Deeper Learning.http://www.worldwideworkshop.com/pdfs/GettingSmart_DigitalLearningDeeperLearning.pdf