Students today live in a wired world. Educators strive to assure high school and post-secondary success for each student. We think it’s a pretty good idea to recognize where students live outside the classroom and provide learning experiences that are real, relevant and engaging during the school day and beyond. This means creating innovative learning environments built around a culture that empowers, curricula that engages, and technology that enables. In an average day, students interact and access data through various technologies — YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, texting — unless they encounter blocked sites due to district policies. Students’ private and public lives blur and blend together. In today’s educational world, it’s important to bridge the gap between students’ social and learning lives. Dr. James Brown of New Technology High School in Napa, California is an expert when it comes to Digital Media. He teaches Digital Media Design and Criticism and is a trainer and fellow at the Center for Media Literacy. He has taught at New Tech High since 2008 and has been teaching digital arts since 2005.
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