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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Digital Learning and Grit:Tech Tools for Teachers in Flipped (and all) Classrooms by Laura Minnigerode

"Meghan Enga teaches 6th and 7th grade at Banting Middle School in Vancouver, BC. She uses a 3D learning platform called Quest Atlantis (QA)", writes Laura Minnigerode.

In QA, students undertake virtual quests that feel a lot like playing a video game, but with a story line that inspires social awareness. In the game, they can take on the role of a scientist, doctor, or mathematician. 
From those characters, they can gather information and interact with other players.

‘There is a lot of engagement and use of play theory,’ Enga says. “Embedded beneath all of this cool, engaged, and connected activity is a scaffold for the development of a set of skills vital for the students’ future success. This important toolkit for the future can be called ‘grit, perseverance and tenacity.'

A new draft report from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Technology, entitled "Promoting Grit, Perseverance, and Tenacity: Critical Factors for Success in the 21st Century", discusses the role of technology as a tool to support the “non-cognitive factors, attributes, dispositions, social skills, attitudes, and intrapersonal resources” that support student success. The report is part of a move to recognize and define a set of essential skills that will help students realize their full potential.

These attributes can be described in many ways. For clarity, the report defines grit as “perseverance to accomplish long-term or higher-order goals in the face of challenges and setbacks, engaging the student’s psychological resources, such as academic mindsets, and having the ability to look beyond current situations to future goals, strategies, and tactics.” Here you’ll find a few examples of the use of digital learning environments, online resources, and tools for teachers drawn from this line of research. These examples offer a glimpse into the potential of technology to support grit, tenacity, and perseverance.
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Tools and Tips for the Flipped Classroom by Ellen Ullman

Source:Tech & Learning Features and Edudemic

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