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RI’s Digital 
Education Aptitude 
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Understanding Rhode Islanders’ 
Concept of 21st Cent...
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A force-multiplier transforming 
Rhode Island into a global hub 
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design and production. 
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Access to education material for all but to games / social 
media - should be limited based upon age / parents choices 
Th...
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What does these results suggest to you? 
What are the implications of this poll? 
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Especially with a good teacher or curriculum to guide them 
It's important to not conflate "digital literacy" with "inform...
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I don't think that most educators are afforded paid time to 
develop new skills given the amount of testing, changing 
sta...
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Policies need to be vetted rather than instituted due to preferences. 
Just as in-school library catalogs shouldn't filter...
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Adult learners need a source of information, education and 
skills. Public libraries are logical community gather places f...
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K-12 should NOT be utilizing cell phones. While theoretically a 
positive, this will be far more of a distraction. There a...
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Not every family can be in position to do so. Not every family 
has access to internet/devices or a library 
Both because ...
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Good grief. Standardized testing must die. 
Be careful of inequity 
Again, digital media helps people learn yes but often ...
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Great free resources like CODE.org to help jump-start. 
It should be offered and encouraged. 
This type of critical thinki...
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As an advocate for tangible resources and a less than positive 
outlook on online classes, I feel learning should be in a ...
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If there are online classes for k-12 it should be led by a live 
instructor in person. 
It especially offers help to stude...
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Understanding Rhode Islanders' Concept of 21st-century Education Panel Lead by Suzanne McDonald

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Poll results from the Digital Education poll conducted by Digital Cities RI and presented at the Rhode Island Department of Education "Innovation Powered by Technology" Conference.

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Understanding Rhode Islanders' Concept of 21st-century Education Panel Lead by Suzanne McDonald

  1. 1. RI’s Digital Education Aptitude Designated Editor Speaking Series Understanding Rhode Islanders’ Concept of 21st Century Education Poll Results & Panel Discussion Suzanne McDonald | New Media Strategist & Education Expert Sue@DesignatedEditor.com @NewMediaStrategist
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  3. 3. A force-multiplier transforming Rhode Island into a global hub for digital media design and production. www.@NewMediaStrategist designatededitor.com 3
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  6. 6. Access to education material for all but to games / social media - should be limited based upon age / parents choices This is the landscape in terms of how we communicate, anything less than providing access to relevant tools and channels would put our children at a disadvantage. I don't think young kids need the access. They'll be inundated soon enough. Let them be carefree through elementary school. Computer access yes but social media not until high school. www.designatededitor.com 6 Comments from poll-takers @NewMediaStrategist
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  11. 11. What does these results suggest to you? What are the implications of this poll? www.designatededitor.com 11 Let’s hear from you first @NewMediaStrategist
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  13. 13. Especially with a good teacher or curriculum to guide them It's important to not conflate "digital literacy" with "information literacy". Exposure and creation of digital media does not teach information literacy, any more than using, analyzing, and creating campaign flyers helps with skill-building or ability to identify misinformation. It's the information literacy skill of knowing to verify that does this. Technology is the factory or our time. Train them for what is useful and maybe we can actually stay a world power in the future generations. www.designatededitor.com 13 Comments from poll-takers @NewMediaStrategist
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  15. 15. I don't think that most educators are afforded paid time to develop new skills given the amount of testing, changing standards, changing processes, etc. Technology mentoring will be required for both educators and children and cannot be simply added as another accessory duty to an educators workload. Additional personnel will be required. Teachers need to be ahead of the curve and use the time NOW to learn cloud based technology in preparation for the 1:1 school environment. Yes - I've found many teachers to be afraid of technology. www.designatededitor.com 15 Comments from poll-takers @NewMediaStrategist
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  17. 17. Policies need to be vetted rather than instituted due to preferences. Just as in-school library catalogs shouldn't filter out library materials. Educators should have the ability to unblock websites, because no filtering software is perfect. Absolutely not. If kids want to see something, they'll see it. There are settings on Google that are sufficient and do not require advanced filters. www.designatededitor.com 17 Comments from poll-takers @NewMediaStrategist
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  19. 19. Adult learners need a source of information, education and skills. Public libraries are logical community gather places for bridging the digital divide. The problem is that they don't have the knowledge themselves nor the resources to obtain outside experts. Good idea for the libraries to stay relevant, although there's plenty of other sources for this. UP to Libraries. Knowledge is more than classes in how to run a piece of software that benefits a for-profit company. www.designatededitor.com 19 Comments from poll-takers @NewMediaStrategist
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  21. 21. K-12 should NOT be utilizing cell phones. While theoretically a positive, this will be far more of a distraction. There are enough issues with cell phones and social media in the schools now ... We have to take the opportunity to teach these tools. Playing with them won't be enough for real job opportunities. Also, school curricula should include instruction on productive use of these technologies, interventions for students with digital addiction problems, and the intellectual danger of multitasking. Usage of cellphones and social media should be banned! www.designatededitor.com 21 Comments from poll-takers @NewMediaStrategist
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  23. 23. Not every family can be in position to do so. Not every family has access to internet/devices or a library Both because it is the way younger people engage with content now, but also because they need to master these tools in a professional context as well. Sometimes, as appropriate. They shouldn't always use shoeboxes, either, but sometimes shoeboxes are appropriate. www.designatededitor.com 23 Comments from poll-takers Doesn't it already? @NewMediaStrategist
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  25. 25. Good grief. Standardized testing must die. Be careful of inequity Again, digital media helps people learn yes but often is is used as a substitute for learning - the computer gives me the answer rather than helps me arrive at the answer. Disagree with Common Core in the first place No, kids will learn this anyway, one way or another. Get Common Core to support reading, writing, reasoning, math. www.designatededitor.com 25 Comments from poll-takers @NewMediaStrategist
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  27. 27. Great free resources like CODE.org to help jump-start. It should be offered and encouraged. This type of critical thinking is crucial to our kids' development and carries over into all subject matters. Teach programming from elementary school onward. Not a particular skill that we need in the present. Funding would be outrageous to incorporate coding and software-development. Yes!! Cannot emphasize this enough. YES! This will serve them well for any career. www.designatededitor.com 27 Comments from poll-takers @NewMediaStrategist
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  29. 29. As an advocate for tangible resources and a less than positive outlook on online classes, I feel learning should be in a classroom with a real teacher interacting with students. They can already do this, right? In regards to K-12 students, I do not agree. Being in school is essential for socialization and growth purposes. Online courses would take away that experience. If this is offered for one class per semester or year, that's fine. I teach for-credit online courses. They are of limited value, and are no substitute for a classroom experience. www.designatededitor.com 29 Comments from poll-takers @NewMediaStrategist
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  31. 31. If there are online classes for k-12 it should be led by a live instructor in person. It especially offers help to students with alternative learning styles. There's lots of research on flipped classrooms -- and online materials can be a robust way to build a flipped classroom. Watching a lecture, with the ability to, say, pause the lecture to take notes, is going to be much more effective for slow note-takers than a face-to-face lecture, for example. We don't know what online learning does for K-12. Especially if it allows students to work ahead of the class level. www.designatededitor.com 31 Comments from poll-takers @NewMediaStrategist
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  34. 34. Designated Editor Speaking Series RI’s Digital Education Aptitude Understanding Rhode Islanders’ Concept of 21st Century Education Poll Results & Panel Discussion Suzanne McDonald | New Media Strategist & Education Expert Sue@DesignatedEditor.com @NewMediaStrategist

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