The format of teaching changed in March 2020, when educators were asked to change their teaching instruction from in-person teaching to virtual learning due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead of providing differentiation instructions of small groups in a physical classroom, educators had to design synchronous and asynchronous lessons while using digital media tools. Through research it is proven that many children from the ages of seven to eight years old are very familiar with the internet. Through synchronous virtual learning, it became apparent to the researcher that educators needed to teach educational technology skills to second graders to facilitate the grade-level curriculum standards. The question is: can students achieve deeper learning in the new wave of digital learning? The researcher addressed this question through action research that included reviewing students' completion of Seesaw assignments and analyzing how the learning through Seesaw transfers to Star reading testing. The researcher observed second-grade students’ online synchronous interactions with digital media tools. The researcher provided lessons that facilitated online learning through digital media tools. The researcher used a Seesaw English Language Arts rubric to determine deeper level thinking with the second-grade students. The results of the summative English Language Arts assessment (STAR) were reviewed and analyzed. It was determined that students were able to move up the reading scale in the STAR assessment.
Keywords: learning strategies, distance learning, technical skills
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