"The vision of the Florida Digital Educators (FDE) is to ensure that teachers and students seamlessly use technology as a tool to accomplish tasks through higher-order thinking skills within a disciplined study so that students will succeed in the global community." Several Teaching and Learning Institutes are planned for this summer. During the Institutes, Florida teachers are provided opportunities to use digital tools to create curriculum content and collaborate with peers. The 4 day Institute model has been successful in helping educators utilize tool-based software such as Presentation, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Video Editing, Graphics, and Digital Audio. As participants are involved in authentic learning experiences, connections are made so skills learned will be applied back in the classroom.