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Is digital learning really an effective way for your children to learn?

With new products on the market to help teach students using technology, you may wonder whether they're really effective. From apps to websites to games and more, digital learning is everywhere, and it's quite diverse. Before you decide whether to implement these modern tools at home, let's take a look at digital learning and see if it's right for you and your child:

What can digital learning do?
According to a report by Getting Smart, digital learning allows educators and students to explore new teaching methods, strategies and environments with relative ease. What's more, when used correctly, digital learning can help personalize your child's education and extend their access to nontraditional learning portals.

While learning can happen in a classroom, students can also expand their knowledge through other means. Whether they explore ancient ruins via an online history tour or play math games to help them understand challenging concepts, digital learning can provide new experiences that classrooms cannot.

Additionally, digital learning can help promote the growth of 21st century skills, including critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication. 

Implementing carefully
As with any teaching strategy, the way it's implemented makes a huge difference in your child's education. Putting your child in front of a computer and telling them to explore math won't do much good. However, using online tools specifically geared toward your child's unique educational needs, and that contain age-appropriate content, can give their learning a boost. 

As such, parents need to do their research before using digital-learning tools. The content digital learning covers should align with your child's current curriculum, offer personalized features and help them understand topics more easily. 

Many ways of using digital tools
Parents have a variety of options for including digital tools in a learning environment. From blending normal lessons with digital tools to having students use apps to finish homework, incorporating digital learning isn't a one-size-fits-all process. In conjunction with finding quality digital tools, parents need to see what implementation strategies work best for their children in order for digital learning to be effective. 

Parents can give technology a try on Digital Learning Day, which takes place March 13, 2015. By implementing digital tools for a day, parents can see how they benefit kids, learning opportunities and knowledge outcomes. 

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