Topic 6: Digital Fluency

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This week I learnt about the importance of teaching students to become digitally fluent. So what does it mean to be digitally fluent?

Being knowledgeable in digital technologies does not constitute digital fluency. One must also learn to effectively communicate, create, design, discover and interpret in a digital world. It is understood that digital fluency is derived from exploring, inquiring and playing with digital technologies which encourages meaningful learning experiences.

Therefore, the best way to become digitally fluent is by having the opportunity to experience digital technology first hand. With this in mind, I believe it is imperative that all students are exposed to the applications of digital technology, in order to develop the core skills required to successfully enter higher education, the workforce and the world in general.

Utilising digital technology in the classroom would encourage students to embrace a technology rich education. For example, tasking students in either an individual or collaborative context to create a simple game using the command based animation Scratch, would require critical and creative thinking whilst also expanding and demonstrating their digital knowledge and fluency.

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It is the responsibility of pre-service teachers to acquire and maintain digital fluency in its ever changing landscape, to ensure next generation teachers are competent in providing a digitally enriched education for students in its relevant context.

 

References

http://scratched.media.mit.edu/resources/new-book-available-learning-scrath-beginners-guide-computer-programming-kids [Image]

http://langwitches.org/blog/2013/02/18/skilled-literate-fluent-in-the-digital-world/ [Image]

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Topic 5: Using Pinterest in the Classroom

The inception of the digital era revolutionised the mode of information delivery. Pre-digital era relied heavily on the media, where information was relayed passively through television, radio and newspaper. The rise of digital technologies and social networking meant that information is now consumed via more interactive and engaging methods.

This week I explored Pinterest and its uses.

Pinterest is a social networking site that allows users to create themed virtual pinboards. With 70 million users worldwide, Pinterest has recently emerged as a popular educational tool amongst teachers and students.

The concept of Pinterest has enabled teachers to utilise pinboards for lesson/resource ideas, organisational tips, classroom displays, and student collaboration (groupwork). By incorporating tailored learning activities, Pinterest creates an interesting and engaging environment in class, whilst providing an opportunity for teachers to better understand their students interests.

In an era where an abundance of information delivery methods are available, it is important to understand how to analyse and decipher different concepts and frameworks, in order to discard any unreliable or untrustworthy sources effectively. By critically evaluating the credibility of information sources, and assessing its relevance to the classroom, teachers will be able to increase the efficacy of their lesson plans and provide accurate information to their students.

 

 

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References

Pinterest has 70 million users (10/07/2013) Retrieved April 6, 2014 from http://semiocast.com/en/publications/2013_07_10_Pinterest_has_70_million_users

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http://www.mdgadvertising.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/news-consumption-in-2013-cutoff.jpg [Image]