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Following the Digital Footprint

Seventh-grade students at Port Jefferson Middle School observed Digital Learning Day and took a closer look at how the digital world has impacted their lives.
Seventh-grade students at Port Jefferson Middle School observed Digital Learning Day and took a closer look at how the digital world has impacted their lives.

This February, seventh-graders at Port Jefferson Middle School observed Digital Learning Day, a nationwide celebration of digital learning in the 21st century. Organized by teachers Monica Consalvo and Deirdre Filippi, Digital Learning Day aims to demonstrate how learning can be transformed when the Web and the effective use of technology are successfully incorporated into the classroom. This is the school’s third year participating. 

“This year’s theme was ‘A Day in My Digital Life,’” said Consalvo. “Students took an online survey about how the digital world has impacted their lives. They also wrote reflections that discussed what technological tools they use most, how they have changed the way they study and complete homework and whether they feel those changes are positive or negative.”

The survey took a closer look at the most popular times of the day students access digital devices, academic integration with technology and more. Students also examined their digital footprints, studying their personal data trails created through the use of electronic devices.

“Technology helps me tremendously when I am doing research,” said one student. “I can find the information I need in a short period of time, easily make corrections to my writing with a word processor and my final documents are neat and easy to read.”   

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