Digital Learning Day Activities for Kids
While there are plenty of reasons for families to go offline for fun and relaxation, digital technology is here to stay. And it’s not just smartphones and tablets! From robotics-aided surgery to self-scan lines at the supermarket, technology has become part of everyday life, so it makes sense that digital learning has become important in your child’s education.
Recognizing the many exciting possibilities for enriching classroom instruction with technology, a grassroots group of educators started Digital Learning Day in 2012 to promote using modern tools to benefit children. Celebrated this year on February 28, Digital Learning Day encourages teachers to share innovative ways to engage students and improve learning outcomes. The movement also emphasizes making high-quality digital learning opportunities available to all students, no matter where they live.
What is digital learning?
In K–12 education, the phrase “digital learning” means using technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience, regardless of subject matter. Teachers may use technology to connect students to challenging material or to a digital tool that engages them in a new way.
An English teacher might have students research essay topics or publish informational writing online. A science class could stream a video about real-world applications of scientific principles or use a simulation program to predict the results of an experiment. Some schools have used technology to interact with students in other countries and learn about their language and culture.
Why is digital learning important?
While conventional learning such as reading books, doing worksheets, drawing pictures, and participating in hands-on activities will always be important in school, today’s students do love their digital devices! For a generation that is rarely far away from a smart phone, tablet, laptop, or gaming device, using technology in the classroom can be a useful tool to boost student interest.
And in full-time online public schools, students regularly use technology to access curriculum, complete lessons, and attend real-time meetings in the virtual classroom.
Being able to use and discuss technology is also important for students’ career- readiness. Today’s workplace continues to expand the use of technology for communicating, collaborating, training, manufacturing, managing information, and performing countless other functions. To be career-ready adults in a rapidly changing world, students will need digital literacy and adaptability.
How can parents support digital learning?
Regardless of your child’s age, there are many ways you can celebrate Digital Learning Day and support digital learning at home. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Teach your children about safe online practices and how to be good digital citizens.
- Create a family blog and get your children involved in writing, photographing, and publishing content. Whether you share information about your travels, hobbies, pets, or other adventures, you’ll be preserving memories you made together, while practicing communication and writing skills.
- Research, select, and bookmark high-quality educational websites for children to try. In particular, sites featuring interactive games that make learning fun are sure to be a big hit with kids.
- Consider supplementing your student’s education with an online course. An online course is a great way to encourage a child’s special interest or supplement learning in an area of struggle. Online school is also a great way to prepare for college studies.
- Encourage your child to learn coding using free online coding games.
- Teach children about media literacy, including how to find reliable sources of information online. A lively family discussion about “fake news” or an online scavenger hunt could make it fun!
Be creative about how you work digital learning into your children’s routines, and they may not even notice that they’re learning! And your efforts could pay off with reinforced knowledge and skills— and a more career-ready student!
To learn how you can be more involved in your children’s education and support digital learning, visit the website for Connections Academy online public school. Or to learn about online private school, visit International Connections Academy’s website.