A Digital Learning Specialist's Dictionary
In preparation for the year 2030 when schooling will look different due to the continually evolving nature of the field to meet changing needs, augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and artificial intelligence (AI) are increasingly present in classrooms and learning spaces. As teachers’ jobs tradition into digital learning specialists, what is the critical knowledge and vocabulary necessary to make this evolution?
Words hold incredible power—the power to define experiences, the power to name injustices, the power to inspire change. This has been seen time and time again through the power of orators, the longevity of oral history, and the writing of the defining documents of this country. From “I have a dream” to “We the people” to “Once upon a time,” words have the power to move, draw, create, and innovate. Conversely, the lack of access to a common lexicon has the power to exclude, erase, and disenfranchise. Language dominance (Hemàndez-Chávez, 1978) has also been seen time and time again through Supreme Court decisions (Schwartz, 1992), literacy tests (Goldman, 2004), and war-time codes (Hurst, 2014).