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ERIC Number: EJ987559
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1527-1803
Digitools: Hi-Tech for the Digital Generation
Carver, Diane
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J3), v87 n5 p40-41 May 2012
Getting students to learn new technology skills can be a challenge. After all, they know everything about computers and the Internet, right? Ninth grade students in Mrs. Aszklar's Digital Media Tools ("Digitools") class at Spanaway Junior High in Washington state quickly discovered they might not know as much as they thought. From Internet safety to iMovie and computer game design, Mrs. Aszklar's students and the rest of the Bethel School District ninth graders are learning about freeware and other digital resources and how to use them in a business setting. From day one in Mrs. Aszklar's Digitools class, students become "employees" of a classroom-based simulated business. Students are hired and given tasks to complete within the context of a fictitious business enterprise. Students soon forget the business is not real and they are not really employees, but that is the idea. Competition, perseverance and pride are all evident in Mrs. Aszklar's class as students work diligently to complete activities for their jobs. When students are having fun, it is easy for them to forget that they are learning. The lessons learned in this course go far beyond computer skills to address business practices, business plans, advertising, workplace communication, problem solving, creativity and innovation. With a generation of students who are more tech-savvy than ever, Digitools helps students bridge the gap between using technology for fun and using technology for practical, real-world functions. Digitools is a great way to get students motivated about learning and a great foundation on which to build and promote technology-related career and technical education (CTE) programs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 9; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington