Digital Learning: What Kids Really Want — THE Journal

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According to Project Tomorrow CEO Julie Evans, “Today’s students have their own ‘student vision’ for how they want to use technology for learning. That vision,” she said, “is really a statement of how students want to learn in general.” Speaking at FETC National Conference in Orlando, FL last week, Evans covered data from the 2010 and 2011 editions of the Speak Up Survey, with a specific focus on the use of digital media for learning. The Speak Up surveys include input from hundreds of thousands of teachers, students, parents, and administrators each year. What the data pointed to, she said, is a growing “frustration among students, not just with the lack of technology in their schools, but by the lack of sophisticated use of that technology.” According to Evans, the data from those surveys indicated that students: Have a growing interest in social-based learning;Want to connect with and develop a personal network of expert resources;Are looking for tools that increase untethered learning; andWant a digitally rich learning environment, unencumbered by traditional rules….   Our take: This is a great read for anyone wanting to add weight to their argument for digital education resources in and outisde the classroom.

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