What is the Digital World?
A digital world isn’t something that you can see, touch or hear. It is the world that we are immersed in when we are using everyday technology to live our lives. Technology such as computers, laptops, iPhones, iPads and iPods. All of these technologies, (and many more) are what make up a digital world.
It has become a world that is impossible to escape. Even if you are not physically using a technological device, you are still constantly surrounded by the digital world. As Howell (2012, p. 6) quotes, “Today’s students use technology (IM, Facebook, Flickr, Skype) to be constantly connected to friends, family, information and entertainment. Technology allows them to connect with more people, in more ways, more often…” (BECTA 2008, p. 12).
I believe that the above quote sums up perfectly what the digital world encompasses for young learners, and what we, as teachers, need to learn to use during lessons so as to capture the students attention and imagination and to provide a well-rounded learning experience for the ‘Net Generation’ that we are educating.
Howell (2014), asks, “Why should we bother to change and adapt to the digital age we live in and how does this effect us as teachers and learners?”
The answer to this question, I believe is:
“It has become clear to educators, that ‘we either skill-up and embrace digital technologies or we get left behind by our students.'” (Howell, 2012, p. 5).
In order to be an effective educator in today’s digital age, I believe that we need to understand what a digital world is, what digital technologies students are using and possibly how the digital technologies can be incorporated into an educational setting so that a students skills from their personal digital life can be transferred into their educational digital life.
“We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.” – David Warlick (Rao, 2012)
Rao, Aditi., (2012). 10 Educational Technology Quotes. Retrieved from https://teachbytes.com/2012/03/01/10-educational-technology-quotes/
Howell, J., (2012). Teaching with ICT. Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration and Creativity. South Melbourne, VIC. Oxford University Press.
Howell, J., (2014). Living and Learning in the Digital World Mod 01 Topic 01. [ilecture]. Retrieved from https://dl.ilecture.curtin.edu.au/templates/1f80f82f-91ba-408a-9a23-c74d701fe3f1/echo_files/android_tab_html5.htm?contentDir=https://dl.ilecture.curtin.edu.au/1415/1/8a668af5-c192-4635-ab9b-d302c122bd6b/&streamDir=rtmp://dl.ilecture.curtin.edu.au/echo/_definst_/1415/1/8a668af5-c192-4635-ab9b-d302c122bd6b/§ionDir=https://dl.ilecture.curtin.edu.au/sections/a24cf487-adde-43ad-a7a7-bd36a4f1a489/