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Mrs. Heather J. Wright » Welcome to Digital Literacy!

Welcome to Digital Literacy!

Welcome to Digital Literacy
In Computer Literacy, students will learn to do less consuming and more creating and innovating with technology. Both the 7th and 8th grade courses are designed to have students independently explore technology. By nature, these classes are a very difficult transition for middle school students.  It requires them to navigate help pages and tutorials to not only find answers, but also discover what questions to ask. It requires them to think outside of the box, use their online tools and to collaborate with each other. Most importantly, it requires students to be motivated to push through frustrations when the answers are not immediately accessible. However, the success and independence achieved will be well worth the journey.
 
"To thrive in tomorrow's society, young people must 
learn to design, create and express themselves with digital technologies." 
                                                                                       ~Mitchell Resnick, MIT Media Lab
 
Technology in Education in the 21st Century 
Technology is ever changing. Children born in the last twenty years have more information available at their fingertips than most adults did in their entire lifetime. Although we only have a short time to explore a wide variety of technology, students are exposed to the different uses of technology; computer science, design, publication.
 
It is also important to note that even the fields not historically seen as technology fields, all incorporate some technological advances. More importantly, through technology we can require critical thinking, and focus on creating independent learners, problem solvers, and innovators.