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

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