Digital Age Skills
Digital age skills are difficult to
define, but most educators agree
that students need more than just
content knowledge to succeed after
high school. Digital age skills prepare
students to think critically, analyze
information, and become innovative
learners. An iPad is a tool that allows
students to use, learn, and apply these
skills with a new technology, which is
another digital age skill. Students take
charge of their own learning and self-assessment.
I had my students complete a pre-
technology survey before participat-
ing in the learning stations activities
and a post-technology survey after
they completed the learning stations.
On the first survey, students indicated
the devices they use most often were
computers (desktops, laptops, and
netbooks) and cell phones. Forty-one
of the 49 students agreed or strongly
agreed that it is important for students
to use technology in the classroom.
The 5E Model
Students discuss what they remember about the cell cycle, outlining each phase and the terms associated with them. If they cannot
remember a term, they create one.
Students explore the phases of the cell cycle using the Mitosis app. Students pull, tap, and separate chromosomes with their fingertips.
Students are encouraged to read the text below each phase.
Students visit the read-and-listen portion of the Mitosis app. They review their initial thoughts about the cell cycle from the engagement
phase and compare them to what they learned in the explore phase. Students revisit the Explore section of the app to explain each phase
as they manipulate the app with a partner.
Students visit the resources available within the Mitosis app, including images, links, videos, and lectures.
Students complete the 10-question quiz within the Mitosis app and report their results back to the teacher. They revisit any sections of the
app that they missed in the quiz.