Students often cite disengagement and disinterest in their education as two of the main factors in their decision to drop out of school. Many may not understand how classroom learning is relevant to the real world, or they may struggle with critical math or literacy skills and see no hope of catching up to their peers.
Use of media and technology in and out of the classroom can help keep youth in school by increasing student engagement, connecting class work to potential career opportunities, and allowing students to learn at their own pace.
A new teacher survey released by PBS Learning Media finds that teachers are embracing digital resources to propel student learning. Three-quarters of teachers surveyed link educational technology to a growing list of benefits, saying technology enables them to reinforce and expand on content (74%), to motivate students to learn (74%), and to respond to a variety of learning styles (73%). Seven in 10 teachers (69%) surveyed said educational technology allows them to “do much more than ever before” for their students. Launch Infographic.
American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen is partnering with the Alliance for Excellent Education for Digital Learning Day on February 6, 2013. Digital Learning Day is a national campaign organized to support teachers and shine a spotlight on successful and effective use of technology in classrooms across the country. To help educators plan for their local Digital Learning Day activities and events, the Alliance for Excellent Education is offering Digital Learning: Lessons in Action. Lessons will incorporate multiple strategies with digital learning, such as collaboration, personalized learning, project-based learning, flipping the classroom, virtual access to experts, e-portfolios, bring your own device (BYOD), simulations, and real-time assessments.
American Graduate Classroom Resources presents the best of public media’s interactive resources and educational projects for use with middle school and high school students, along with professional development videos for educators. The 800+ resources featured here are designed to bring educational content to life in engaging and innovative ways, and include games, activities, quizzes, quests, and other interactive experiences.
More Resources from Public Media Stations:
QUEST - KQED STEM Teacher Resources. Explore science, nature and environment stories with this multimedia series.
DO NOW - KQED Student participation activity to explore current issues using social media
BUMP Beats curriculum - designed to immerse students in the techniques of modern computer-based music production.
BAVC's Video Curriculum - designed to introduce the tools of media production and analysis through creative and socially relevant visual storytelling.