Teaching & Learning Tridigitally

A Balance of Past, Present, and Future

What is Tradigital Learning?

Tradigital learning is a mix of using old and new within the classroom. It combines the use of dependable classics with the excitement of new technological advancements within the classroom. While reading about ancient Egypt from a textbook may not interest students, playing an interactive game on an iPad where they can make their own mummies may be they hook that they need to get them excited and engaged in school. Though students may be learning in a new and different way, it is just through a new medium. The information and outcomes are the same.

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Back to the Basics: Traditional Learning

For decades, classrooms have been unchanging. One teacher, leading 25 students. It is largely based on teaching and not learning. It does not take into account that everyone learns in a different way. What works for one student, may not work for another. Traditional learning assumes that all the 8 year olds will know the same information at the same level, so they are grouped together. When it's written out, it seems ridiculous but that is how it is. While many see traditional learning as "the way it has always been" and don't want to "fix what isn't broken" the truth is, there are dozens of alternatives to the classic traditional styles of learning and teaching.

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Learning in the Digital Age

We are living in what is known as "the digital age". It is rare to see a person without at least some kind of technology with them. Nearly everyone from 8 to 85 has a cellphone and most people have a laptop, computer, or iPad. It is safe to say that the world is moving forward at a fast pace to a more technologically advanced society; and so are our schools.
According to the US Department of Education, in 2009, 97 percent of teachers had one or more computers located in the classroom every day, while 54 percent could bring computers into the classroom. Internet access was available for 93 percent of the computers located in the classroom every day and for 96 percent of the computers that could be brought into the classroom. The ratio of students to computers in the classroom every day was 5.3 to 1.
This is not to say that the old ways of teaching are outdated, unimportant, or should be abandoned. "Technology is just a tool. In terms of getthing the kids working together and motivating the, the teacher is most important," Bill Gates.

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MY Classroom of the Future

I hope that my future classroom is one that is balanced. I don't plan to totally disregard the past and look only to the future, I want my classroom to be a combination of old and new. I want the best of the two worlds to create a classroom environment best suited to the learning needs of my students. While working with an interactive iPad app may help one student, a different student may learn best from a lecture from the teacher. I need to use the different resources, skills, and knowledge I have to teach in a tradigital way.