Final Reflection

Creating the blog was easy with WordPress with its simple features and with digital convergence, I was able to easily incorporate pictures, and audios from google images and SoundCloud by embedding them onto the blog. WordPress allows cross-platform and is accessible on mobile devices hence, leading onto Herr Stephenson and Alper (2013) idea of transmedia. In creating the audio section, I encountered a problem merging a video and audio file into SoundCloud which lead me into using multiple tools such as, incorporating Youtube, Audio Recorder, Movavi movie editor altogether to then convert into an audio.

Teaching is no longer the same and the outdated method is no longer suited in today’s digital world. (Prensky, 2001) With the abundance of technology at our disposal, students expect teachers to adopt a digital pedagogy. (Howell, 2012) Being a teacher also means being a digital curator and selecting the tools best suited to teach. There is a lot the digital world can offer to teachers and students however, not everyone has equal access and teachers should minimize the digital divide and bridge the gap. With plenty of websites, students and teachers are not limited to one source but instead open to endless possibilities.

Technology “strengthens interactions so we can always stay in touch.” Student from Prensky’s panel (2001). Technology encourages this interaction and information can be shared across the world however, teachers and students need to protect their digital identity and be aware of what is posted online. Teachers has numerous tools to benefit them in the classroom such as interactive smartboards and videos to produce, elaborate or incorporate into their lessons. Our lives have i been greatly improved and made easier with technology. Selwyn’s (2012) Technology has shifted students towards independent, student led inquiry modes of learning with teachers as co-collaborator. (Howell, 2012) Technology is not here to replace teachers but instead be utilized to support teachers in educating students with 21st century skills so they can be digitally fluent and prepared.

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Figure 1. University students using technology

 

 

References

Greenspan, M. (2018) Digital World featured image retrieved from https://hacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/digital-world.jpg

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

Prensky. M. (2008, May 22). The 21st-century digital learner. Edutopia. Retrieved from https://www.edutopia.org/ikid-digital-learner-technology-2008

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

Ulster University. (2018) School of Computing, image retrieved from https://www.ulster.ac.uk/__data/assets/image/0014/104621/varieties/wide-2col.jpg

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