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Digital Media, Children's Learning, and Schools

Publication: EdTech Insight
Date: March 22, 2011

Summary: How are digital media changing the way young people learn? Top experts, including NWP's Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, examined possibilities for student engagement and assessment at a conference hosted by Columbia University's Teachers College and the Hechinger Institute, Digital Media, Children's Learning, and Schools.


In her blog EdTech Insight, Laura Fleming, an educator and media specialist in New Jersey, gives her take on the conference.

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One of the most compelling presentations of the day was given by Elyse Eidman-Aadahl of the National Writing Project and Eric Sheninger, principal of New Milford High School in NJ who both spoke about the disconnect between schools and youth engagement and digital media. Elyse spoke about the power of digital media and its capacity to connect learners with content, as well as the importance of a well-crafted curriculum that is purposeful and relevant. Most important, she spoke about the importance of balancing digital innovation and educational accountability.

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