Reflection

digitalworldSuccess in the Digtial World (TechGen, 2014)


The Digital World; at the click of a button people can access a wealth of knowledge and can interact with a global community. This is an exciting age to live in, with new developments taking place daily (Selwyn, 2013). The possibilities are endless. However, there is a darker side, with digital security and privacy becoming a leading issue.

The Australian National Curriculum identifies the importance of developing students’ ICT capabilities, stating that we live in a “knowledge-based economy” and a “technologically sophisticated society” (Australian Curriculum, 2017, para. 2).

The students of today are 21st-century learners, and are increasingly digitally expectant (Howell, 2012). Educators, being sure to abide by their school’s policies, have a responsibility to provide their students with the opportunity to become digitally fluent within the educational setting. Developing their skills and knowledge needed to function within the digital world will lead to competency in their lives beyond school (Prensky, 2001).

This assignment enabled me to develop my own digital fluency. Having never used WordPress or Prezi, I explored these sites, using video tutorials and instructional blogs whenever I got stuck, demonstrating how easy self-directed learning can be. I was excited about the possibilities of these tools, not only to assist me in delivering engaging lessons but also for students to develop their creativity and self-expression.

Using VoiceThread, Prezi and WordPress I could see how educators have the opportunity to teach with multi-literacies, connecting with all types of learners; Visual, Interpersonal, Verbal, Spatial etc. (Gardner, 1983)

WordPress did highlight an issue; my blog was viewed in Kenya, demonstrating the ease of connecting with a global community. While this was very exciting, I was also reminded of the importance of my duty of care to students, specifically, helping them be to protect their digital identity and remaining digitally secure (Ohler, 2012).

Teachers need to embrace technology and have an ongoing commitment to developing their personal pedagogy in order to be an effective teacher in this digital world (Howell, 2012).


References:

Australian Curriculum. (2017). Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability. Retrieved from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/generalcapabilities/information-and-communication-technology-capability/introduction/introduction

Gardner, H. (1983). Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. New York, USA: Basic Books, Inc.

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

Ohler, J. (2012). Digital citizenship mean character education for the digital age. The Education Digest, 77, 14-17. Retrieved from
https://search-proquest-com.dbgw.lis.curtin.edu.au/docview/1008666025?accountid=10382

Prensky, M. (2001). Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants Part 1. On the Horizon, 9(5), 1-6. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/10748120110424816

Selwyn, N. (2013). Education in a Digital World: Global perspectives on technology and education. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis

TachGen. (2014). Success in the Digital World [Image]. Retrieved from http://techgenmag.com/2014/11/tech-hubs-offer-the-skills-needed-for-success-in-the-digital-world/

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