Laura Gallo (2013) begins her recent article by making an obvious but true statement about the digital world we live in regarding students: “Even if teens are not on a digital device, they are surrounded by images, links, and references related to staying connected and being in the “know” through the Internet, cell phones, and other devices.” Gallo goes on to point out that students in this day and age are not willing to put away the devices despite the possibly negative situations that are derived from online consumption, therefore, the onus falls on us as the adults to become familiar with the different forms of the digital world.
The idea of digital education has always been a discussion point, recently however, it has been highlighted as the future of classroom education. The idea that students can learn in ways that are engaging, stimulating and also relevant to their world has been one of the major talking points and according to academic sources there has been noticeable success with teachers moving into the direction of digital education. One of these sources includes the department of education and training, they go on to say that “Digital learning occurs across all learning areas and domains.”
BENEFITS OF DIGITAL LEARNING:
Tony Hicks (2013) makes the following statement regarding technology based learning “Technology in education opens up a huge world of possibilities as to how we convey, share and engage with students presenting different ideas, facts and theories.” As an educator, it is vital to understand and to give each and every student the opportunity within the classroom to respond using a pathway that they find best showcases their learning. Through experience in classrooms I have seen that students know all to well how to navigate their way around technology and when given the opportunity to present work within the classroom through different forms of media they will all too quickly jump at the chance!
A digital classroom is just that, a classroom where the focus is still on the curriculum however, the curriculum is presented in a technological way. Students understand that technology is the way of the future! It not only effects the way we communicate but as educators it also effects the way in which we approach our teaching. What if students where able to pick which way they presented a topic or piece of assessment? A digital classroom should be a place where the students have that availability to share with their peers in a way that they find best showcases their learning and understanding.
In conclusion it can be argued that technology can indeed help further the academic success of students, however, there are still many things to take into account regarding the topic. In saying that, there are still unquestionable positives that come from moving toward a more digital environment. We live in a digital world where we are immersed with digital technologies on a daily basis, it’s the direction that the future is heading and as future educators it is of vital importance to see how beneficial digital technologies within the classroom can be.
(Below is a TED talk on the digital world we live in.)
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