Content Consumption to Content Creation: Shift the Flow
Below is a good graphic illustrating the difference between passive and active learning with technology. The graphic is from the National Educational Technology Plan 2016. Ask yourself if you are;
- assigning digitized worksheets to your students
- encouraging your students to consume media? (e. g. reading online or watching videos
Numbers 1 and 2 above are examples of passive learning with technology. If you employ active learning with technology, your students will:
- interact with experts
- be a part of a global community (http://www.globalkidsconnect.org/global-citizen/)
- create media rich productions/projects
- code and program
- collaborate with their peers
- use simulations and games
Some practitioners refer to passive and active learning with technology as the new digital divide. There is a difference between students who use technology to create, design, build, explore, and collaborate and those who simply use technology to consume media.
Having access to technology does not guarantee a student will be an active learner. Teachers need to demonstrate or model the active uses of technology.