The topic for week 1 was ‘What is a digital world?’ in which we covered different characteristics of a digital world and the importance of a digital pedagogy. The topic also introduced mobile technologies, and discussed reasons why we need to adjust and adapt to the digital world.
As a teacher, it is important for me to understand what a digital world is, which can be defined by the technology we have in our surroundings, and the importance of how to teach using these digital technologies. Everyday life is completely different to how it used to be due to the advances in technology, and as the 21st century digital learner has already grown up in a technology-rich environment, using digital technologies in the classroom could be both engaging and motivating (Howell, 2012).
As mobile technologies were introduced, a great example was given by Howell (2014) as she spoke about being able to have a conversation on the phone with someone on the other side of Australia. This is a great advancement in technology as it helps us to be more globally connected.
Technological advancements are a given, which means that adapting to the digital world as a teacher will become more mandatory. One problem I can see is what if the technology is overused? There needs to be balance, as some children that do not learn as well without student/teacher interaction may fall into a state of disequilibrium.
Even though as a digital native I have already got a vivid understanding on the digital world, this first topic opened my eyes to a more in depth view on how technologically-rich this world has become, and the importance of this knowledge as a teacher will allow me to plan my lessons more accordingly.
Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT-Digital pedagogies for collaboration and creativity. South Melbourne, VIC: Oxford University Press
Howell, J. (2014). Living and Learning in the Digital World Mod 01 topic 01 [ilecture]. Retrieved from https://echo.ilecture.curtin.edu.au:8443/ess/echo/presentation/8a668af5-c192-4635-ab9b-d302c122bd6b