Nichole Pinkard is the founder of the Digital Youth Network, a digital literacy program that works with middle school students both in and out of the classroom. She is also a visiting associate professor at DePaul University in the College of Computing and Digital Media.
Chris Lawrence is senior director of the mentor and learning community at the Mozilla Foundation. He is former director of the Hive Learning Network in New York City.
David Theo Goldberg is the director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute and a cofounder of the Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC). HASTAC launched the Digital Media and Learning Competition in 2008. It challenges innovators to design new approaches to learning using digital media.
StudyBlue recently surveyed 500 students about what study habits got them through finals. The picture of the modern student that emerged from student responses highlights the importance of digital devices, especially mobile technology.
There’s been a fair amount of buzz about schools going “BYOD” – meaning they are allowing students to bring in their own digital devices to use in the classroom. Some schools believe it to be a less-costly way to provide advanced mobile technology to students, and many teachers, particularly in areas of math and science, have found the BYOD infrastructure useful to their lessons.
When we talk about the skills and knowledge students need to negotiate a digital-savvy world, the discussion is often framed around “new literacies.” Understanding how they relate to one another—and their impact on the learning process—can be trickier.