Define the Digital World

“Digital world control the digital file in data center room” (Shutterstock, n.d.)

The initial topic for this unit, Teaching and Learning in the Digital World, looks at defining the meaning of the term “digital world”. This week’s lecture by Jennifer Howell highlights how many of us connect to the digital world through using devices such as smart phones,  digital television and radio, iPads and laptops. For many, the extent to which one participates in the digital world has rapidly increased owing to the convenience digital technologies offer. For example, the  smart phone allows one to communicate and connect with friends and family, pay bills, access bank accounts, listen to music and download a range of apps that are used for a range of reasons including entertainment, education and business.

According to Howell (2012), digital technologies are “fast changing and evolving quickly” and this is evident when comparing the technology of today to that of five years ago (p.9). For example, consider the changes and improvements of the smart phone, the evolution of online social networking sites such as facebook  and the implementation of the National Broadband Network. To stay connected to the digital world and the digital expectancy of today’s youth, it is essential both parents and educators embrace technology, keep up to date with change and comprehend the role technology plays in student’s lives.

“There is so much difference between how students think and how teachers think,” offered a female student in Florida. A young man commented, “You think of technology as a tool. We think of it as a foundation — it’s at the basis of everything we do.” (Prensky, 2012)

It is widely recognised that the majority of students are digitally fluent when it comes to technology used outside of education, such as social media and gaming, however this fluency is not reflective in the education context (Howell, 2012, p.6). For this reason, educators need to be aware of  student’s preferred style of learning and provide them with opportunities to engage in learning in a way that reflects their culture and future.

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References

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

Prensky. M. (2008). The 21st century digital learner: How tech obsessed ikids would improve our schools.   Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/ikid-digital-learner-technology-2008`

Shutterstock. (n.d.). Digital world control the digital file in data center room [Image]. Retrieved from http://www.shutterstock.com/th/pic-114296293/stock-photo-digital-world-control-the-digital-file-in-data-center-room-elements-of-this-image-furnished-by.html

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