In order to transform today’s classrooms into appropriate 21st-century learning environments, we need to provide students with rich digital content that goes far beyond simple digitized print textbooks.
Rich digital content can take many forms. It can be provided in standards-based packages that build upon textbooks, with teacher’s guides, assessments, and multimedia content all included and aligned to standards. It can be created collaboratively, in open source format, by a variety of experts, or it can be drawn from multiple sources— subscriptions, free online resources, and other digitized material—customized locally to meet the needs of a particular classroom, grade, or district.
Rich digital content, delivered on flexible mobile computers, can revolutionize the ways in which elementary, secondary, and post-secondary age students learn and grow. The most effective digital learning environments bring together the three C’s of consumption, collaboration, and creation by:
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