Undeniably, I am no guru of digital technology, actually, I am a digital immigrant. Digital natives predominantly access the web, e-mail and social media (Cut, 2015). Social media tends to lure unrealistic positive content, addiction and obsessive behaviors (Selwyn, 2016). However, on the flip side, individuals have a voice, open communication points, discussions and opportunities for relationships.
Social media is a powerful tool for teaching, sharing of knowledge and ideas globally (Brown, 2016). I use it for professional development and as a COP, which promotes self -directed learning (Britt and Paulu, 2016). Video 1, demonstrates literacy enhancement for students through blogging and tweeter.
In Canberra, the future of education will soon deploy digital tools (Evans, 2018), Thornburg (2014) recommends, schools implementing SWOT to establish the best device. I think a single device is restrictive when students have up to three at home (Brown, 2016).
Video 2 discusses considerations for creating learning spaces with digital devices in mind:
Digital technology is mutable, subsequently difficult to keep abreast (Lai, 2011 & Brown, 2016) often in schools, referred to as digital disturbances (Low, 2017). The future of digital technology consists of; (Low, 2017)
- Virtual / Augmented Reality,
- Learn / Teach from Anywhere
- Mobile Devices
- Collaboration Technology
- Gamification / Coding
Nonetheless, enhancing learning such as;
- promoting acceptance of mistakes
- accommodate for differentiated learning
- active and engaged involvement
- engaged learning
- high order thinking
- computer terminology
- intrinsic rewards
- Students can use digital technology as a tutor, tool or tutee (Thornburg, 2017).
A personal resource regarding netiquette, cyber safety, and bullying
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