Growing Up Digital
Growing Up Digital
Katey Street, Senior Education Manager at Kimberlin Education
Gen Z and Generation Alpha (born between 1996 and 2009, and since 2010 respectively) are the digital natives of our world, having grown up knowing how to swipe, scroll and tap on all devices handed to them. These skills are being utilised in the classroom as teachers realise the opportunity to use exciting modern technology to deliver traditional curriculum outcomes, as their students are now more familiar with screens than with pen and paper! Read on to find out how you can capitalise on the need for digital education in modern classrooms.
- Since the pandemic and home learning of 2020, parents, students and teachers alike have depended primarily on digital devices to access the curriculum.
- A focus on STEM (Science, Technologies, Engineering and Maths) and coding education in the last decade has taught students as young as four years old how to program simple devices to achieve a desired outcome.
- Modern schools have access to technologies such as VR headsets, 3D printers, AR capability and Holographic viewers and a range of tools where students can code, build and create their own digital resources online.
What does this mean for me?
- There’s no limit on the modern technologies that can be utilised in your classroom resources. Today’s students are digital learners and can navigate modern technology intuitively.
- We have found that students are more engaged by interactive resources than flat lesson plans or activity sheets. Videos, games, AR/VR experience and interactive websites are great for supporting learning both in and out of the classroom.
- Consider how your current resources could be best supported with online tools to modernise the learning. Ditch the activity sheets and suggest a creative Minecraft-based project!
- Audit your existing resources and make a note of how they use technology
- Understand which technologies are being used in the schools you want your resources to be used in
- Update your existing resources or create new resources that utilise modern tech to deliver outcomes
Don’t have the time or expertise? Contact Kimberlin Education and let us ensure your resources support meaningful and engaging digital learning.