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Digital Learning is Here to Stay

A few years ago I saw a T Shirt that I’ll never forget.  It was green-on-green, depicting a father and son standing in the middle of a national park.  While the boy was staring at his portable gaming system, the father was pointing to the distance with a chat bubble that read, “Look, son, a tree!”  The two-fold message hit hard.  We’re missing out on what’s going on in the world around us and we are likely spending too much time on our screens. Especially children. 

In a recent study conducted by Pew Research Center, we learn that “two-thirds of parents in the U.S. say parenting is harder today than it was 20 years ago, with many citing technologies – like social media or smartphones – as a reason.” 

The same study addresses YouTube as a key platform for both younger and older kids, with 89% of parents of a child age 5 to 11 saying their child watches videos on YouTube.  81% of those with a child age 3 to 4 and even 57% of those with a child age 2 or younger spend time on YouTube as well.  That is overwhelming evidence that kids are watching and learning by way of video.

Whether we like it or not, our world is changing.  It’s digitizing.  The best way to reach kids is by getting close to them and understanding their world, including their passions, hobbies, and media.  It’s no different in learning.  Those of us invested in education can either resist or adapt to this new, fast-paced world of screens and media.  There are so many ways to creatively meet students where they are, and video is a big one.

A few years ago, OverDrive Education teamed with ASCD to provide a report on Digital Content in K-12 education.  The message was staggering; Digital learning is here and growing rapidly.  When surveyed, 92% of respondents said they were using digital content in the classroom.  In a similar study, less than 1% of respondents believed that video has little or no impact on personalized learning experiences, with the majority stating that video will play a major role.

At Learning Explorer we are committed to helping make the process of learning resource discovery, curriculum management, lesson building and lesson delivery easier, quicker and more engaging for teachers and students in any instructional setting – remote, in-person or hybrid. 

We provide over 2M classroom-ready*, educational videos from 300+ trusted content creators such as PBS, TED-Ed, Smithsonian, SciShow, Minute Earth, and more. Our integrated player seamlessly combines video with other types of learning resources and activities and delivers them all through your LMS or digital classroom solution such as Google Classroom to create an engaging, fun learning experience for learners of all types.

In his epic anthem “The Times They Are A-Changin’”, the legendary Bob Dylan pleaded with the adults and parents of the world to grow and adapt to the shifting world around them:

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’

The times are certainly changing for learners.  Let’s change along with them and give them the best experience possible.  The screen train has left the station.  All aboard.

* Over 2 million rights-ready, short-form videos sourced exclusively from educational brands, curated to support subject domains across all age levels and free from advertising and inappropriate content.

Ty Pearson
Ty Pearson is a senior sales executive at Learning Explorer and has 6 wonderful children – who sometimes spend time on devices.
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