The emotions of going digital

This thought-provoking post by Susan Lucile Davis has been out awhile, but I found myself referring to it again this week:

http://gettingsmart.com/blog/2012/10/fear-mourning-age-digital-education/

The feelings of fear and mourning associated with digital learning she refers to are becoming less common, but we still witness them.  There is a “coming of age” sequence in middle and high school as students become increasingly able to self-monitor and focus their technology use, but it is a challenge to engage and help with the process.  The journey is unique for each student, and  they need to own the process and their decisions as they hear our advice and see us model postive choices and uses.

Parents who witness their children learn to self-limit and focus digital learning believe that a remarkable, long-term asset is gained.  (I include myself in this group.) They approve of the challenge starting in middle school, even though there are adults in the workplace who themselves struggle with these issues. Students learning to master these opportunities will make mistakes and face distractions, but the skills aquired and critical thinking developed are well worth the effort.

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