Educators from across the country are bringing computers and iPads into classrooms to teach children how to use them, and they are using them to teach people how to create.
The new digital tools include a program called The Curious Landscape that teaches students how to paint, draw, and paint in digital formats.
And in November, a new iPad app called Curious Landscapes was released, allowing kids to create and explore their own digital creations.
According to the nonprofit, the program is one of several efforts to introduce digital literacy to classrooms across the nation, a trend that’s already underway with the introduction of iPads to schools.
In January, the Obama administration launched the Digital Literacy Initiative, a $2 billion initiative that aims to teach digital literacy in schools by providing resources and technology for educators to bring their students into the digital world.
The Department of Education’s Digital Literate Schools project, which launched in June, has brought more than 150,000 children into the classroom using digital devices, and this week, it announced a new effort to bring new digital literacy resources to classrooms, as well.
The goal is to bring as many as 4 million digital learning materials to schools by the end of 2020.
To help students learn to learn, teachers are using digital media like textbooks, iPads, and video games to help kids learn how to navigate the world.
For example, in April, a teacher at the University of Georgia used the app Trello to help her students visualize and make a plan to get back to school.
“The new iPad program is a really powerful tool that is designed to help schools create a better digital learning experience for students,” said Alex E. Stadler, CEO of the nonprofit Educational Technology Assessment, which develops digital literacy assessments for schools.
“It’s a really important tool to have in a classroom because it provides teachers with the tools to bring digital content to the classroom, and it’s really helpful to bring kids in to digital literacy learning.”
Eddie C. Robinson, the president and CEO of Digital Literateschool, an organization that supports educators who work with digital technology in the classroom.
Robinson is also a member of the Digital Education Association.
He added that the digital tools are being introduced at a time when schools are struggling to find and retain teachers.
“This new tool can be very valuable to our educators,” Robinson said.
“The iPads can be used for teaching about a book, for example, or they can be for a game, but the iPads can also be used to create their own content.”
The digital literacy curriculum includes materials from schools like the University, which has launched its digital literacy initiative, and the University’s College of Arts and Sciences, which offers online courses in digital literacy.
The program is also designed to give schools the tools and resources to engage students in digital learning, including making and playing digital games, creating content, and even sharing videos.
For teachers, it can be a lot of fun to bring students into their digital worlds.
“It’s really easy to create an engaging learning experience with a tablet,” said Julie Koehler, who has taught in the digital literacy program for the past two years at the School of Information Technology at the College of William and Mary.
“We are always looking for ways to give teachers a lot more control over the way they’re teaching digital literacy and teaching kids to learn in digital worlds.”
While the new iPads are meant to be a tool for learning digital literacy, Robinson said they are also a powerful tool to introduce students to the world of technology.
“A lot of times kids don’t get a chance to do this on their own,” Robinson explained.
“They don’t really know how to think, they don’t know how much they can do with their hands, they can’t do things on their iPads.
But they can see the power of a digital tool.
They can see that digital tools can teach kids to be smart.”
Robinson said teaching digital technology is a big part of what the school has been doing since she started teaching digital arts in 2008.
“When I first started teaching, it was a big challenge because kids weren’t really aware of what digital technology was,” she said.
For the past decade, she’s been using iPads to teach students about digital literacy content, as a way to help them learn how digital tools work.
“They are really important tools to have because kids have really great imagination when they’re using digital tools, they’re creative,” Robinson added.
“I think it’s so important to teach kids how to be creative and how to interact in digital spaces.”