DigiKids: Understanding the Digital Tools for the Digital Generation

Workshop Overview

This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to the the digital generation and the classroom. Participants will learn how to find resources to engage the digital generation in classroom learning.

Workshop Handout
Workshop Agenda


In this workshop, you will:
  1. Define the digital generation
  2. Review digital tools they use
  3. Evaluate possible classroom resources
  4. Discuss classroom implications
  5. Brainstorm activities for the classroom
  6. Share a lesson possibility

ISTE Standards

This workshop will help teachers accomplish the following standards:
  1. Technology Operations and Concepts - Teachers demonstrate a sound understanding of technology operations and concepts. Teachers:
    B. demonstrate continual growth in technology knowledge and skills to stay abreast of current and emerging technologies.
  2. Planning and Designing Learning Environments and Experiences - Teachers plan and design effective learning environments and experiences supported by technology. Teachers:
    B. apply current research on teaching and learning with technology when planning learning environments and experiences.
    C. identify and locate technology resources and evaluate them for accuracy and suitability.
    D. plan for the management of technology resources within the context of learning activities.
    E. plan strategies to manage student learning in a technology-enhanced environment.
  3. Teaching, Learning, and the Curriculum - Teachers implement curriculum plans, that include methods and strategies for applying technology to maximize student learning. Teachers:
    A. facilitate technology-enhanced experiences that address content standards and student technology standards
    C. manage student learning activities in a technology-enhanced environment.
  4. Assessment and Evaluation - Teachers apply technology to facilitate a variety of effective assessment and evaluation strategies. Teachers:
    B. use technology resources to collect and analyze data, interpret results, and communicate findings to improve instructional practice and maximize student learning.
  5. Productivity and Professional Practice - Teachers use technology to enhance their productivity and professional practice. Teachers:
    B. continually evaluate and reflect on professional practice to make informed decisions regarding the use of technology in support of student learning.
    C. apply technology to increase productivity.
    D. use technology to communicate and collaborate with peers, parents, and the larger community in order to nurture student learning.

Articles and Videos


Dive into the Future of Leaning - http://www.edutopia.org/digital-generation-overview

How to Talk About Life Online - http://www.edutopia.org/digital-generation-social-networking-technology-project

How to Use Social-Networking Technology - http://www.edutopia.org/how-use-social-networking-technology

Digital Discussion: Take your Class to the Internet - http://www.edutopia.org/digital-discussion-take-your-class-to-internet

Classy Blogging: Starting Points for Newcomers - http://www.edutopia.org/classy


Student response to making high school more globally and technologically relevant

Tired to Inspired

3 Steps to 21st Century Learning

Every Student Can Learn- not on the same day or in the same way

Digital Natives

Classroom Examples

Why teach with technology?

Using iPods in the Classroom

Veteran's Day Salute

Daily News Announcements

Digital Portraits


Using one of the following tools, how could you adapt a lesson to provide differentiation for a digital native?

SchoolTube - http://www.schooltube.com
TeacherTube - http://www.teachertube.com
Show Beyond - http://www.showbeyond.com
Prezi - http://prezi.com/
Discovery Education - http://www.discoveryeducation.com/
EduGlogster - http://edu.glogster.com/
PhotoStory 3 - http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/PhotoStory/default.mspx
Edutopia - http://www.edutopia.org/


Question to Ponder: With all our academic demands and technological shortcomings, how can you overcome and teach using technology?