What is the Digital World?

In today’s modern era, the demands for technology has never been higher and we are fortunate to be living in a “digital world”.  (Selwyn, 2012, p.1) defines the digital world as

“an era where the use of technology, in the lives of people allows for a greater living style.”

Looking at this, our lives revolves around the use of technology whether it be socializing through social media or emailing a colleague, teaching, or sharing things with friends and families within our personal, learning, or professional digital world. The digital world is limitless and the abundance of technology opens up many opportunities for not just teachers but also students.

 

Figure 1. Digital interaction

 

Figure 2. 21st Century Classroom

Students today are born into this era of technology and Marc Prensky (2001) refers to the generation of natural members as “digital natives” whereas some teachers as “digital immigrants” adapting to the use of technology.  It is unfair for students to be studying with an outdated teaching system as Prensky (2001, p.11) stated “today’s students are no longer the people our Educational system was designed to teach” so it is not surprising that today’s students think and process information differently. Technology has shifted students towards independent, student led inquiry modes of learning. Teachers now assume the role of co-collaborator. (Howell, 2012, p.5)

Students today expect schooling to be rich and vibrant with the use of technology like their personal lives. In this digital world, it is essential to be competent with technological use in order to meet the demands of the workplace, and functioning in society by doing tasks such as shopping online.  Teachers are expected to adopt a digital pedagogy to enhance, motivate and engage students in learning to better equip students with the necessary skills to succeed in the 21st Century through the use of interactive tools such as white boards, ipads, laptops and much more. Whilst technology has become important, the teacher’s influences remain vital and without teachers, the herd of sheep is lost without a shepherd.

Figure 3. Teaching assisting students

References

Emag (2018)  Technology in Everyday Life, image retrieved from https://www.the-emag.com/hubfs/Broadsoft.jpg 

Edudemic (2012). 21st Century Classroom, image retrieved from http://edudemic.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/21st_century_classroom.jpg

Insight (2018). Google G Suite for education security standards, image retrieved from https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/Vmf_1K0riPqULW_-q6EPB_HkbppjCxUHJTVsY4ykAbZqPLCEAowvIknkqu1KvSP_UuUjVqflMGyqq9nQ7DgmP02EBishK33QCFNB=w1688 

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital pedagogies for collaboration & Creativity. Australia: Oxford University Press.

Prensky, M. (2001).  Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants. Retrieved from https://www.marcprensky.com/writing/Prensky%20-%20Digital%20Natives,%20Digital%20Immigrants%20-%20Part1.pdf

Selwyn, N. (2012). Education in the digital world. Retrieved from http://ebookcentral.proquest.com.dbgw.lis.curtin.edu.au/lib/curtin/detail.action?docID=1016089


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