3a: Model effective classroom management and collaborative learning strategies to maximize teacher and student use of digital tools and resources and access to technology-rich learning environments
Collaboration and students supporting each other is a big part of creating a digital learning environment that moves students from being a passive endeavor into an active digital learning environment community member. One way to make sure that this learning environment focuses on students learning 21st Century Skills and digital citizenship is having them become leaders and learners together. One way to accomplish this is by building a learning environment where they feel comfortable and safe learning from each other. Students bring their own set of unique skills to the learning environment and mentorship guidelines is one way that educators can set students up to be successful together. In collaboration with the librarian at my school, we created support documents to teach students how to best support each other when using new digital tools. From this experience, I then realized the importance of providing frameworks for students and staff to use to build a strong digital learning environment.
A next step was creating a technology pledge at the beginning of the school year using student voice to create the pledge that students make as I facilitate so the framework supports the work they will be doing throughout the year. This is a living document and changes throughout the year based on what students feel is going well, what needs to be added, and what needs to be finetuned. Below you will find the example from my class this year.
Taking the time to focus on how to put into place expectations and supports for student digital learning environments, will lead to students being leaders and learners together throughout the year.