Final Reflection

The digital world is changing constantly and as a teacher and student myself it is always an interesting time to learn new things. Being able to incorporate the technology I use on a daily basis and learn more about it has been a real eye opener.

(Howell, 2012), stated that we all need to learn and adapt and incorporate digital pedagogies in our daily life. There is a multitude of things to consider when living in the digital world and how they might affect you and other people. Technology plays such an important part of our daily lives now and is influencing our children.

One of the things I found most important and difficult whilst doing this assignment was that there is soo many options of tools out there that narrowing it down on how to utilise them was very frustrating. I started Voki for my audio summation and came to  hurdle, so I had to switch to Telligami. I also had some hurdles there which resulted in me having to text the sharing link to my mobile phone, emailing it to myself and then opening my email on my laptop to copy and paste the link in my blog.

I always thought blogging was soo daunting and have never attempted to give it a go. I am soo glad I did. It has taught me a great medium to keep all my thoughts together and share information with the pubic. My friends have been suggesting to me to keep a blog of the adventures with my children, now I have learnt this skill I am excited to.

Being a teacher in the digital world can be scary, and i think it is very important to stay on top of the everchanging digital world and be able to roll with the many changing atrributes of technology.

 

References

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

 

 

 

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What is a Digital World?

Visual summation: Week 1, what is a digital world.

Explore the Week 1 topic on ‘Digital World,’ in the Sway included below (click on the link provided below)

References are included at the end of the Sway, the videos and images are live links and take you to their source, as such they are not required in the reference list.

Participation and the digital divide.

Audio Summation: Week 4, Participation and the digital divide.

Follow the link to my Tellegami presentation focusing on the week 4 topic ‘Participation and the digital divide’.

Part 1.

https://tellagami.com/gami/A0TWCV/embed/

Part 2.

https://tellagami.com/gami/G6W4BH/embed/

Script for Audio Files.

What is digital divide?

Howell (2012) stated that a digital divide can be explained as being the gap between what can be afforded and what cannot in reference to ICT.

Bentley mentioned that devices such as desktops, laptops, and smartphones are becoming more affordable for the majority of households, but it’s the cost of broadband services that can hold a family back. Affordable internet would be the key to bridging the divide.

 I live in a small coastal town population of 8000, where broadband is very hit and miss. The NBN service has not arrived here and will most likely take a long time and when it is introduced will be a satellite link. Telephone reception is also a problem and only about 2 businesses in town other than the library offer free Wi-Fi. This divide is evident when visiting larger towns and having 4G and being able to hook up to numerous free Wi-Fi connections. It makes daily life and learning a struggle.

Living in a regional area is definitely a disadvantage, although large corporations like Telstra who are trying to introduce the services still sometimes come up against obstacles. We are primarily a tourist town and do not have the infrastructure to accommodate the influx of visitors in summer. Our internet services come to a standstill and using any form of technology is fairly non-existent.

Upon morning drop offs at my daughter’s kindergarten room, I witnessed the struggle of her teacher trying to log on to the laptops so the class could participate in their online literacy program. The school has constant network problems and the children are the ones to suffer. Larger schools in city areas would not be experiencing this problem and therefore makes regional children disadvantaged.

Hopefully in the years to come the digital divide is soo minimal that all teachers and students are on an even playing field.

References

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital pedagogies for collaboration and creativity. Melbourne, Victoria; Australia. Oxford University Press.

Bentley, P.(2014, July 3). Lack of affordable broadband creating digital divide. [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-02/bridging-the-digital-divide/5566644

EDC 101 Teaching and learning in the digital world.

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As described by Jennifer Howell, Digital Fluency is the ability to use technology in a confident manner. (Howell, 2012).

Digital fluency is a crucial part of using technology and is a skill that is being promoted at the earliest stage of education. Technology has been changing the way people learn and interact for thousands of years. Many researchers argue that major innovations adopted by society have an effect on the structure of the human brain. There is little doubt that the Internet has changed the way people find information and the way they communicate. Changes to the way that students learn, and probably what they learn, need to follow (White, 2013).

What skills do we need to actively participate in the digital world?

  • Educators should have good analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Skills for inquiry-based and play-based are also favourable in an ideal learning environment (Howell, 2012)

The Australian School Literacy Program (ALSA), recognises that technology is always evolving. It states that previously required skills such as reading or basic computer skills is not enough. In today’s world, society expects individuals to evaluate and apply information. This may be done by constantly re-evaluating and updating our skills through new experiences (D Lee, 2013). When looking at society’s expectation of a digitally fluent citizen, we see that these individuals must be lifelong learners. Individuals should be capable of finding the necessary new tools and resources to aid in any task (Shauna Niessen, 2013).

I have learnt through the text that teachers develop digitally fluent students by twisting up lessons, create scaffolded challenges and also empower student leaders. Instead of handing out step by step instructions, ask students to independently gain their knowledge and take control of their learning experiences. This enables students to innovate and discover how something works (J Howell, 2012 p. 137).

 

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Further Reading

What is digital fluency?

https://edtechdigest.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/living-in-a-digital-world-we-dont-understand/

https://llk.media.mit.edu/papers/mres-wef.pdf

References

D Lee,2013. Digital Fluency. Retrieved from http://www.slideshare.net/dlee85/digital-fluency-21316995

Shuana Niessen 2012. What is digital fluency. Retrieved from http://www.shuananiessen.ca/what-is-digital-fluency/

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital pedagogies for collaboration and creativity. Melbourne, Victoria; Australia. Oxford University Press.

Dr G White, 2013. Digital Fluency for the Digital Age. Retrieved from https://rd.acer.edu.au/article/digital-fluency-for-the-digital-age#digital-fluency