Tridigital Learning

Finding a balance between past, present, and the future

What is Tridigital Learning?

In the 21st century, it is important to understand that education is continually changing and technology is becoming more prevalent in the classroom. Tridigital learning focuses on finding ways to implement past, present, and future ways of education to meet the needs of each student. Educators can combine more traditional methods of teaching such, as writing with pen and paper, with newer methods, such as using 1:1 in the classroom. In order for students to be academically successful, it is crucial for teachers to acknowledge how to combine the traditional and digital worlds of learning.
A Vision of K-12 Students Today

Reflecting on the video above: A Vision of K-12 Students Today

The video above discusses specific reasons as to why our education system needs to make changes to better accommodate the digital learner. Although the video was created back in 2007, it still holds relevance today, as educators are trying to find ways to motivate and engage their students partially through the use of technology. It is important to realize that not all educators are going to be willing to move to a more technology advanced classroom, which is why it is important for all to reflect on both traditional classrooms and 21st century classrooms. Like many things, there are both positives and negatives to using approach, so educators should establish specific goals of how they will combine traditional learnings and technology-centered learnings. For example, an educator might see a paper and pencil test to align better with the specific content objectives of a lesson. In contrast, the instructor might view an assessment as a way for students to create their own video to describe their learnings. Overall, there is a time and place for both traditional and digital learning.

Supporting Tridigital Learning

The article, “Technology has Made Teaching Easy”, explains the importance of technological skills: “[S]kills are essential for any child to grow up to be an effective and productive part of the society” (“Technology” para. 18). Teachers produce tomorrow’s leaders and without teaching these skills, students will be ill prepared for the workforce. In addition, the Association of California School Administrators president, Alice Petrossian, explores the relevance of technology in the classroom when she states, “it now touches almost every part of our lives” (Petrossian para. 1). From these two examples we can see how technology plays an important role in our classrooms today, but the question still remains about how to find a balance between this digital perspective and the traditional one. Research supports the traditional classroom In the article, "Use Technology to Upend Traditional Classroom", Justin Reich observed how a classroom integrated technology through a project, but how the teacher provided support when the students got stuck and provided feedback. We learn about the importance of combining these traditional methods with technology. As a future educator myself, I hope educators will also consider the many benefits of integrating technology more often into the classroom while still holding on to some traditional teaching methods. This is why it becomes so important to be educated on tridigital learning.

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"The most potent and permanent way to leave a message in this world is to write it in the hearts and minds of students" -Kevin Honeycutt

"If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow" - John Dewey