Dig learning is a fully digital project at Knappskog School, a primary/elementary school just outside Bergen, Norway. The word «dig» has a double meaning, it is digital learning and at the same time, it is very good or cool. In our school, we have decided that the first four levels, from 6 to 9 years old, use iPads, and the three upper levels, from 10 to 12 years old, use Surfaces. Dig Learning is the digital project at Knappskog School. From autumn 2017, the entire school is fully digitalized. Fully digital means that we have 1:1 coverage of digital units. We all have Office 365 as platform and OneDrive as storage, The iPad classes use Showbie for sharing and the Surface classes the OneNote class notebook.
The fact that we are fully digital allows us to achieve even more than with traditional educational classwork. With the help of digital devices and tools we have turned around our teaching strategies and methods. Our goal is that our pupils will not only learn the same as other pupils at the same age, but even more. Our focus is on learning, motivation and achievement for the pupils. We have tried to turn around the traditional teaching to better equip our pupils with the 21st century skills.
We don’t use textbooks, neither in paper format nor digitally on the web, except a book for reading. The digitalization makes flipped educational work in class easier, and it also makes it easier to differentiate the teaching. The digitalization itself does not give us the results we want. The educational classwork must be in the driving seat, and then the technology can help us on our way and make us achieve even more than before.
We use flipped classroom a lot. This makes the lessons more effective. All the pupils have tasks on their level the whole time. We are using an adaptive learning tool in maths called «Multi Smart Øving» – smart practis. If they get a wrong answer, the next question will be about the foreknowledge they missed, and they will therefore always be «in the flow». We are using creative tools as for example Creaza where the pupils need to find the information by themselves other places before presenting it in Creaza. We have also had coding on the schedule since we started our digital project.