New Report Looks At ‘Students as Digital Creators’ in Today’s Learning Cultures

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Washington, DC (April 26, 2016) – From building learning apps and games to digital design and innovations, schools are increasingly becoming nerve centers for creativity.

In a new EdTechNext report issued today, Students as Digital Creators, CoSN examines this transformation in school systems nationwide – and how they are proving beneficial to students and educators.

“Digital creativity is not just an idea. It is a powerful way of learning that is enhancing student engagement and preparing them for their college and career paths in modern, 21st century environments,” said Norton Gusky, Co-Chair, CoSN’s Emerging Technologies Committee.

By telling the stories of school systems, the report shows how digital creativity is improving student and family engagement, personalizing learning, expanding opportunities for robust, interdisciplinary learning, and energizing productive collaborations with partners in education and other sectors.

To lead and promote digital creativity throughout a school system, educators offer the following tips:

  • Start with something you do well.
  • Start with conversations.
  • Start young.
  • Mine out-of-school programs for ideas.
  • Encourage digital creation and regular instruction.
  • Get creative with space, scheduling, curriculum and assessment.
  • Get creative with professional development.
  • Redefine collaboration.
  • Communicate and engage with parents.
  • Connect your efforts to college and career readiness.

The latest edition of the EdTechNext report is made possible by AT&T, Avaya, BestBuy, Brocade, CDW.G, Cisco, Dell, ENA, Filewave, Fortinet, Google, Google Fiber, iBoss Security, iDentityAutomation, itslearning, JAMF Software, Juniper Networks, Lenovo, Lightspeed Systems, McGraw Hill, Microsoft, Nutanix, Pearson, Presidio, Promethean, Qualcomm, ReverTech, Safari Montage, Samsung, SchoolDude, SchoolMessenger and Sunesys.

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