Digital Learning Advocacy
LME 737 – Educational Technology – Blog 2
What is digital learning?
By definition, digital learning is any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience. But digital learning is more than just putting a student in front of a computer, it’s a chance to provide a more personalized student-centered learning environment (About, 2017).
Digital learning doesn’t only help the student, it also helps the teacher. Digital learning resources can provide real-time feedback that aids in instructional development, quicker grading, and more one to one interaction with students (Office, n.d.).
What is an ‘Elevator Pitch’?
An elevator pitch is a concise speech used to explain an idea in a persuasive manner. Elevator pitches should be intriguing and impactful, leaving the listener wanting to hear more. Good news for those that may be claustrophobic. The elevator pitch does not have to be conducted solely in an elevator. They can occur anywhere… a buffet line, the grocery store, a broom closet or any other place people speak (Advocacy, n.d.).
“The ELEVATOR PITCH”
Principal Ryan Clark will be played by Ryan Clark.
Ryan is an extraordinary principal who is known for his ‘Frat-boy” personality and his recent acting in the “Alien Principal – A Breakout Story”
Jeremy Shultz will be played by Jeremy Shultz.
Jeremy is the self-proclaimed Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.-BMS Mathematics Division and padawan of the infamous Mike Paul.
INT. BARDSTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL LOBBY – ELEVATOR – DAY
BMS Principal, Doctor Ryan Clark, is waiting for the elevator. BMS Teacher, Jeremy Shultz, with papers in hand comes out of the stairwell and briskly walks up to Doctor Clark.
Jeremy: Hey Doc, gotta second? I wanted to talk to you about a problem I’m having and a possible solution.
Doctor Clark: I’m on my way up to complete an observation. If you want to ride up with me and talk about it on the way, that would be fine.
INT. ELEVATOR – DAY
Doctor Clark and Mr. Shultz walk onto the elevator and the doors close.
Jeremy: Students in my class are struggling with the direct instruction. They are saying I’m going too fast, others are saying I’m going too slow, and only a few are content with my current pace. I’m struggling to meet the needs of all the students and unless I change my plan of attack I may not.
Doctor Clark: Do you have an idea of how you are going to meet the needs of all students?
Jeremy: Yes sir I do. I want to incorporate more digital learning and move towards a blended instructional model. According to research conducted by the Christensen Institute and the Evergreen Education Group (Mackey, 2015), schools that have implemented the blended learning model have increased test scores in reading and math, and are outperforming students in the traditional classroom setting. I want to personalize student learning by flipping my lessons.
Using a digital resource like EdPuzzle, I can record and distribute the lesson material to all students as homework or classwork. The students can take notes and answer questions at their own pace. If they don’t understand an idea or concept, they can watch it as many times as they need to. Embedded questions can be as formative assessments and I can use the real-time data to help address any misconceptions the next time we meet as a class.
INT. EXITING ELEVATOR / GRADE LEVEL HALLWAY – DAY
Doctor Clark and Mr. Shultz walk off of the elevator into the seventh-grade hallway, pause, and begin moving in opposite directions. Doctor Clark is walking down the hallway backward and away from Mr. Shultz. Mr. Shultz is stationary in front of the elevator door.
Doctor Clark: I really like the sound of that. Do you really need anything from me?
Jeremy: Permission and access to a dedicated Chromebook cart for the blended instruction. I’ll take care of everything else. I’ll record and analyze the student data and let you know if I see any anomalies. Can we meet later today or this week to talk more?
Doctor Clark: Let me know when you want to meet. I’d like to hear more.
Doctor Clark enters into a classroom and the door closes behind him. Mr. Shultz walks into the stairwell.
ABOUT DLDAY. (2017, June 15). Retrieved from http://www.digitallearningday.org/about-dlday/
Advocacy toolkit. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.iste.org/advocacy/advocacy-toolkit
Office of Digital Learning. (1970, January 01). Retrieved from https://openlearning.mit.edu/value-digital-learning