In reflecting on Week One’s board discussions pertaining to the evolution of the digital age, I would define the current digital world as one that is connected and influenced by the progression of mobile technologies. Over the course of time, it is evident that the development of these technologies, play such a pivotal role in the digital worlds that exist within our homes, work, and the wider community, but most importantly within our schools.
For this reason, Howell (2012) proposes that teachers should practice effective digital pedagogy by not only attaining the required skills and knowledge on current digital technologies but also by improving their attitude towards the emergence of new technologies. As a future teacher, I understand that the relevance of this is to keep up-to-date with the generation that Howell (2012) acknowledges as the ‘digital natives’. “Educators face the constant challenge of refining teaching and learning techniques to keep up with increasing demands and expectations of students” (Howell, 2012, p.6).
The growing use of interactive whiteboards, iPads and web-based learning tools are known to be successful in bridging the gap that exists between the different worlds of learners and educators, with the aim of course being, to instruct students on the responsible ways to use these technologies. So how else can the parallel digital worlds of ‘digital immigrants’ and ‘digital natives’ (Howell, 2012) be interconnected?
According to Prensky (2008), the key to successfully understanding the educational needs of students’ is by teachers actively engaging with them through considering and discussing their ideas and opinions. In effect, this not only strengthens the educator/learner relationship, but also encourages the development of both academic and 21st Century learning skills (Prensky, 2008). I suppose, as a pre-service teacher the crucial thing I need to remember about the digital world, is that technologies evolve simultaneously with the minds of these learners and if we ‘digital immigrants’ can develop a connection with both, then potential opportunities are limitless!
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