Taking Learning Beyond Knowledge
A few years ago, the ISTE Standards for Students were redesigned to move students from simply knowing how to use technology, to helping them transform their learning through technology. Using application experiences, where students must evaluate a problem and then create a solution using technology, deepens learning in a way that allows students to be more than technology users. They become knowledge constructors, innovative designers, creative communicators, and global collaborators.
The Journey to Learn
Robert Sternberg once said, “Learning is any relatively permanent change in the behavior, thoughts, or feelings of an organism that results from experience.” Sternberg’s definition suggests we must go beyond direct instruction and practice to help our students learn. For something to be truly “learned,” the learner must be able to apply their knowledge to future situations.
Students as Creators
By incorporating the ISTE Standards for Students across the curriculum and giving students the opportunity to apply their technology skills, we are better preparing them for scenarios, experiences, and interactions they may encounter when they leave school.
Examples of technology tools that can be used for applied learning experiences in core subject-area projects and assignments include:
- Multimedia presentations
- Videos or podcasts
- Digital publishing
Building a Foundation for Success
The groundwork for learning begins with the acquisition of knowledge and skills, but true learning comes when a change in behavior occurs through the application of that knowledge. Confidence builds when students can apply their knowledge and skills to solve a real-world problem.
Learning.com’s digital literacy curriculum includes newly updated application exercises. Learn more about our complete solution.