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ERIC Number: EJ899185
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1082-5754
Where's the Beef? Adding Rigor to Student Digital Products
Porter, Bernajean
Learning & Leading with Technology, v38 n2 p14-17 Sep-Oct 2010
Effective communication skills start with content that is worthy of sharing. Students exploring and using various technologies, unfortunately, easily become enamoured by media novelties, such as flying words or spinning images, and produce digital products with no beef. Using digital tools does not make their cutting and pasting of summary information more valuable. Mastering technology tools is no longer enough. Using digital products to demonstrate what students know and understand creates a performance task that maps with all NETS for Students and American Association for School Libraries (AASL) standards for the 21st-century learner, but only if inquiry or problem-based learning--"not" technology--guides students' learning tasks. Educators need to help students rehearse thinking, creativity, and communication skills that go beyond repackaging existing information. In this article, the author discusses how to steer students to create more robust digital projects.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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