About using Digital Tools
Archdiocese of Milwaukee - Office for Schools

About using Digital Tools

About using Web 2.0 Tools for Teaching and Learning

Background for Beginners


"We need to replicate in the classroom, the world in which students are living."

- unknown

What are the tenets of the new technology integration paradigm in schools?

  • Understand the 'SHIFT' in education
    • acknowledge that students' worlds are different today and their learning environments should reflect that
    • welcome new roles for teachers and students
    • support new roles for technology leaders and library personnel
  • Embrace the new Web 2.0 tools available to ourselves and our student to further learning
    • create efficiencies in the classroom
    • motivate and engage learners
    • real-world authentic learning
  • Grasp the Power of Publishing: Using a web-based platform in the classroom
    • create connections in your classroom
    • develop a global classroom
    • publish student work and invite expert critique and analysis

Our schools are at a crossroads.

Our world is changing and schools today need to prepare the Digital Natives sitting in our classrooms for living and learning in the 21st Century. We need to SHIFT our conception of teaching and learning and create environments that are student-centered, hands-on, project-based and web-centric.  As Daniel Pink writes in A Whole New Mind, schools today need to "prepare students for their future not our past." It is a very engaging and challenging time to be a school leader and classroom teacher.

The video below titled Pay Attention, provides an exceptional overview as to why schools today need to "SHIFT" our learning environments from a traditional classroom to one that is student-centered and integrates technology to further student learning. Watch this video to begin to learn how to SHIFT your school to the 21st Century:


This fabulous video was created by Jordan School District in Utah and used with permission. They want to motivate teachers to more effectively use technology in their teaching.

Please visit their page to learn more.

Web 2.0 in Today's Classroom

Why web 2.0?


Just as pen, paper, scissors, glue, crayons, construction paper, typewriter and watercolors were some of the tools many of us used to produce reports and share what we were learning, blogs, wikis, photo sharing sites, podcasts and other new online resources are the tools of today's students. And just as we had to learn to cut, to color, to use cursive writing, our students must learn how to use these new tools. That means we must use the tools, evaluate their usefulness, and teach students to use them effectively as well. If school technology integration and library media programs are to continue to be relevant to today's students, we must embrace these new digital tools--hopefully, leading the way as we have in other areas of technology in the past.

Watch this video by Megan Sheeley that defines Web 2.0 tools and illustrates how to use them in the classroom:


This is another official update to the original "Shift Happens" video. This completely new Fall 2009 version includes facts and stats focusing on the changing media landscape, including convergence and technology, and was developed in partnership with The Economist. For more information, or to join the conversation, please visit http://mediaconvergence.economist.com and http://shifthappens.wikispaces.com.:


Learning in the 21st Century

by Jennifer Dorman

This video illustrates how traditional classrooms do not match the learning needs of students today.


Learning In The 21st Century
Used with permission under the Creative Commons Share-Alike Licensing


Power of Publishing

One of the tenets of 21st Century learning is the understanding, practice and power of 'publishing' student work to the web. Students become more engaged in their education when they understand that their efforts will be posted or published to a web, wiki or blog page. Research also shows that when students are engaged their understanding is deeper and greater. Additionally,  students who participate in online collaborative projects grow from peer evaluation, critique and analysis.



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Janelle Luther: (414) 758-2256
Maureen Wurster: (414) 758-2254



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