What is a digital world?

What is a digital world?
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Click on the Soundcloud link to listen to more about our digital world.

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In a world full of idea’s, thought’s, findings and opinions, we are now connected in more ways than ever before by means of digital technologies.
Through social media, we can connect, engage and share. Using the internet for email, file sharing & research, we can now connect where ever and whenever we need.

In most of our home’s we have a broad range of digital technologies allowing us to exercise our digital fluency (Howell, 2013). From smart phones to laptops, digital tv’s to tablets, in one way or another we are connecting and bridging the divide between our world and the digital world (Howell, 2013)

With our digital world evolving and changing every day, so too is the way we teach and learn. With our students becoming more digitally native (Prensky, 2001 as cited in Howell, 2013 teachers need digital pedagogies to help enrich, engage and support their learning through these means.

As a student myself, I rely heavily on our digital world to help support my learning journey.
I watch lectures online, interact with other students on our discussion boards, I’m able to research and submit all my assessments online. All of this made possible by adapting and becoming a digital native.

Although many children today are born into technology and live a very digitally enriched life, for some this isn’t the case. Remote living, financial implications and cultural differences can all contribute to divide.
However, the kids who are technology rich tend to connect digitally through many mediums daily.

with the use of digital technology, businesses can expand and operate more effectively. Online marketing has enhanced the way we shop bringing the marketplace to our doorstep.
Signing up to mailing lists and business newsletters offer a new platform for companies to reach out to their consumers faster and more effectively.

In the classroom, teachers are also enlisting in digital technology to efficiently engage with students from day to day. Education facilities have equipped the schools with resources like computer labs and IT learning stations in the classrooms. Rolling out into many classrooms you will also find teachers using smart boards replacing the black or white boards we grew up with.

All these wildly effective uses of technology show how we are now a heavily digital world and continue to expand and evolve as a digitally fluent body.

RESOURCES:

Digital World (2015, October 2) Digital World|What if  Retrieved from
http:// http://www.Youtube.com/watch?v=ZIWSvkFFPOU

Figure 1. Head with images. Reprinted from Thinkstock, 2015, Retrieved from slav.org.au/calendar/slars-premier-conference-for-2015-digital-environments/

Howell, J.(2013) Teaching with ITC. Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration and Creativity. South Melbourne, Australia: Oxford university press.

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Digital Fluency

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Check out my Powtoon on digital fluency HERE
http://www.powtoon.com/embed/dChKolBU2ZE/

POWTOON SUMMATION SCRIPT

Digital fluency is determined by the individual being confident and showing an apt ability to use and navigate technology proficiently.

As a majority of information we access is electronic (Howell, 2013), we are required to be digitally fluent to recognise and continue engaging in learning and development through technology.

How digitally fluent are you? Can you navigate Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and Powerpoint? (Howell, 2013). How do you store and share data?
To be proficient in these skills, you must display knowledge in Digital literacy.

What is digital literacy?
It is the language we use to navigate our digital world, allowing us to build and explore programs, databases, tools and systems with a greater understanding of how they operate.

Digital fluency enables us to think creatively, collaborate, innovate and think critically. (Miller Landau. D, 2015)
As we start to apply our digital fluency, we are enabling our creativity to flourish.
Our social skills to strengthen through collaboration and we become more innovative in our approaches to tasks. We can critically think through a more skilful form of analysis, reasoning, evaluation and problem-solving.
All of these characteristics forming a greater digital identity and wellbeing.

Screen Shot 2017-04-13 at 11.03.01 pmClick HERE for a great short clip on Digital literacy

As teacher’s, a positive way to enrich digital fluency in the classroom would be to perhaps teach with a smartboard.
You could book computer lab time, or maybe set out a web-based collaborative research task. Even creating test’s or assessments based online.

By using digital pedagogies in our classroom’s, we are not just teaching our student’s by engaging in our digital world.
We ensuring we are developing their digital fluency.

REFERENCES

Howell, J.(2013) Teaching with ITC. Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration and Creativity. South Melbourne, Australia: Oxford university press

Miller Landau, D. (2015) 5 Skills needed to succeed in a digital world. Retrieved from
http ://Iq.Intel.com/5-skills-needed-to-succeed-in-a-digital-world/

Digital identity & digital security

What is digital identity? Techopedia.com define it “as an online or networked identity adapted or claimed in cyberspace by individual, organisation or electronic device”. (techopedia.com)

What does this mean for us as we create an online digital footprint?
Everything we do online leaves useful data to someone, somewhere out there.
Every page we scroll, blog we sign up to, social network we depend on or shopping experience we indulge in. It all leaves a trace of data.
We create usernames, passwords, secret questions or alternative emails to join these experience online, all leaving behind vital information leaving us vulnerable to identity theft or even a target of online bullying.

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For more information on online bullying click HERE

In order to maintain our personal identity and construct a positive digital identity, it is recommended to create a shaped identity in which we filter the amount of information that is shared. This doesn’t mean creating a false identity, it simply means limiting the data released.
When posting online and sharing information digitally, (Siok & Stegman, 2015) encourages adults to discuss with children 5 questions before posting.
What information am I sharing?
How secure is it?
Whom am I sharing it with?
What am I leaving behind?
What are my rights?

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click HERE to read more on Online Identity

Ways we can avoid our online security being compromised or our identity being stolen, would be to ensure you’re keeping your privacy settings as high as possible. Never disclose your passwords to anybody and change them frequently. When social networking, never befriend anyone you don’t know.
Personal information such as address, mobile phone number, date of birth should also be kept private.
Always report suspicious behaviour.
When engaging socially also, be sure to be mindful of what you’re posting, is it contributing positively? does it need to be said? are you respecting other people’s views?

“STOP! THINK! POST!”

RESOURCES

Cyber Bullying Piktochart https://magic.piktochart.com/infographic/saved/21332608#

Teaching & Learning Innovators CSUCI. (2015). What is a digital Identity? [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJzuDcyR0WM&feature=youtu.be&t=2

Siok, T. & Stegman,R.( 2015, Sep 28). How to teach students to build a positive online identity” Retrieved from
http://www.eschoolnews.com/2015/09/28/positive-online-identity-269/

Final Reflection

As life-long learner’s, It’s essential to be digitally fluent and have a knowledge of digital literacy, as explained in my summations.
Over the past few week’s I have experienced the impact of my digital fluency and how it has contributed to my greater understanding of the digital world.

As Esther Casey highlights digital literacy in the clip “What does digital literacy look like“,
we gain knowledge through collaboration, critical thinking and being creative and how it shapes a greater digital fluency. (core Ed talks, 2014)

Applying these three key aspects has helped me navigate and learn how to use; WordPress, Powtoon, Piktochart and Soundcloud to add new elements to my blog, and furthermore how I can implement these technologies into a classroom with more creative and engaging lessons.

Cox from Teach Hub.com explains that a recent study shows the use of technology in the classroom can help information retention. After witnessing student’s reactions to a challenge using ‘Powerpoint’, 16 out of the 18 students remembered more about the lesson. (Cox.J, N.D)

After using Powtoon, I can now see and understand the connection of learning through technology, and the impact it can have with engaging an audience.
This program’s features allow a colourful and fun experience that is also purposeful. As Howell, 2013 states “The only limit is the teacher’s imagination”. This program enables limitless opportunities to express that imagination.

Exploring the use of Soundcloud and how we can effectively use this platform in our learning space has opened the possibilities to a whole new level of engaging.
Through language practice, digital storytelling or even audio feedback, (Kharbach, 2014) explains the extended use of recorded voice for education in the classroom.

As we teach our kids to be technology innovators, it’s up to us to ensure we are constructing a learning environment rich with digital possibilities.
Introducing programs into the classroom such as I’ve used throughout this blog, will connect the student not only collaboratively, but creatively and experimentally with the digital world.

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read more about 21st Century learners HERE

REFERENCES

Core ed talks (Esther Casey).(2014) What does digital literacy look like? [streaming video] Retrieved from edtalks.org/#/video/what-does-digital-literacy-look

Cox.J. (n.d). Benefits of technology in the classroom. Retrieved from http://www.teachhub.com/benefits-technology-classroom

Howell, J.(2013) Teaching with ITC. Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration and Creativity. South Melbourne, Australia: Oxford university press.

Kharbach, M. (2014, July 19) 9 Fundamental digital skills for 21st-century teacher [Blog post] Retrieved from
http://www.educatorstechnolgy.com/2014/07/teachers-guide-to-use-of-soundcloud-in.html