Teaching in a digital world

What is a digital world

Participation and the digital divide

“Digital divide is a term that refers to the gap between demographics and regions that have access to modern information and communications technology, and those that don’t or have restricted access. This technology can include the telephone, television, personal computers and the Internet.” (Rouse, 2014) It can be clear as to who misses out when it comes to these different media’s and technologies, however having an understanding and support of how to enable these tools to be accessed is vital in it becoming a part of a students digital literacy.

General information will be accessed more readily by Internet Everything at present has an online choice, from online shopping to buying groceries. This will slowly but surely make the divide grow closer together by allowing people to choose to learn it and to adopt it. To further acknowledge the bridge and the gap there are supportive outlets such as online learning and classes that teach people what they want to know about technology and the different media. These classes of course are aimed at anyone that are digital immigrants.

Organisations such as One Laptop Per Child (OLPC, http://one.laptop.org/) are enabling children from around the world to access and stay connected. “We aim to provide each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop. To this end, we have designed hardware, content and software for collaborative, joyful, and self-empowered learning. With access to this type of tool, children are engaged in their own education, and learn, share, and create together. They become connected to each other, to the world and to a brighter future” (“Mission | One Laptop per Child”, 2008) These are the aims to enable confidence and competence in students of the future.

List of references:

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital pedagogies for collaboration & creativity. South Melbourne, VIC: Oxford University Press.

Mission | One Laptop per Child. (2008). One.laptop.org. Retrieved 11 October 2016, from http://one.laptop.org/about/mission

Rouse, M. (2014). What is digital divide? – Definition from WhatIs.com. WhatIs.com. Retrieved 12 October 2016, from http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/digital-divide

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Digital Fluency

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Can you define digital fluency?

Karen Spencer senior advisor at CORE education states

“Broadly speaking, digital fluency is a combination of:

  • digital, or technical, proficiency: able to understand, select and use the technologies and technological systems;
  • digital literacy: cognitive or intellectual competencies, which include being able to read, create, evaluate and make judgements and apply technical skills while doing so;
  • social competence, or dispositional knowledge: the ability to relate to others and communicate with them effectively.” (Spencer, 2015) I believe this to be and effective summation of digital fluency.

What skills do we need to actively participate in the digital world? To have basic knowledge of technologies, systems and how they work. To be able to read write, make judgements and apply critical thinking strategies, whilst applying technical skills. To communicate with peers and family in a meaningful way. I believe tool’s such as dragon caters to students in a meaningful and engaging manner as well as coding. The very basics of coding has been reintroduced in education to allow students to become fluent in how digital technologies work. Building on this, students can understand and expand into new technologies that emerge.

How could you develop digital fluency in your students? To enhance students to become digitally fluent, one would set a digital pedagogy to support the areas that are needed. To ensure the curriculum and resources allowed for such things to occur. Simple publishing of creative endeavours by use of word, publisher, and paint, used by most computer operators enables students to enhance their digital fluency. Daily engagement with a variety of applications such as ‘Storybird’ for a creative activity, ‘Kidscience’ to help with an experimental activity and ‘Scratch’ as a purposeful activity will enable students to develop confidence and digital literacy, whilst improving general competencies. With the ever increasing proliferation of new applications, students are able to expand and innovate in their own ways. The applications are generally well guided to assist with digital fluency.

List of references:

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital pedagogies for collaboration & creativity. South Melbourne, VIC: Oxford University Press.

Spencer, K. (2015). What is digital fluency?. Blog.core-ed.org. Retrieved 12 October 2016, from http://blog.core-ed.org/blog/2015/10/what-is-digital-fluency.html

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The use of the different types of technological tools such as wordpress, sway and voki has helped me to fully grasp and embrace the different topics. Using the different technologies it has enhanced the way I can take the information and remember what has been read and said. Those who are digitally native or respond well to having a digital world can collaborate, critically analyse and gain answers at a touch of a button.Digital immersion affects the Net Generation in other ways, too. They don’t necessarily read from left to right, or from beginning to end. They’re more sensitive to visual icons than older people are, and they absorb more information when it’s presented with visual images than when it’s offered in straight text.” (Tapscott, 2008) I believe that this statement to be very valid especially for those who are digitally native like myself. By using wordpress, sway and voki it has opened up the collection of resources that will enable me to be an effective teacher by gaining the knowledge in an appealing way for students.

List of references:

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital pedagogies for collaboration & creativity. South Melbourne, VIC: Oxford University Press.

Tapscott, D. (2008). How Digital Technology Has Changed the Brain. Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 10 October 2016, from http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2008-11-10/how-digital-technology-has-changed-the-brainbusinessweek-business-news-stock-market-and-financial-advice




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