Final Reflection

Throughout the process of creating this blog I have come to understand more about the challenges that face teachers.

I have found that there are many different websites and programs that are available for teachers to access. In this blog I have used WordPress, Sway and Voki. I have never used any of these before and I quite enjoyed getting to know what each is capable of.

I personally have never understood the concept of blogging. After researching other blogs, I can see the benefit of being able to see another writer’s perspective behind each topic. It is also a way for people to share their ideas.

Blogging is a very useful tool when it comes to learning. I have gained a more in-depth understanding about what a digital world is, the digital divide and digital fluency.

Blogs are a great tool because they can contain text, images, links to other blogs and videos. (Howell, 2013). Blogs are also a great way to improve students writing skills. (Hall, 2013).

Voki was another great tool that I enjoyed using. It is relatively easy to use and its customisation will appeal to many students. This is a tool I can definitely see myself using in the classroom.

Technology for children should focus on fun and play. “Play does not refer too random, unstructured engagement; rather it describes creative, experimental and purposeful activity’s.” (Howell, 2013).

There are many ways that seemingly boring activities can be made fun by introducing technology. Children enjoy using it and it encourages learning.

There are many online tools and programs available to everyone and I am going to be making the most of them in my own teaching.

 

 

References

Hall, M. (2013). Using Blogging as a Learning Tool. Retrieved from The Inovative Instructor: http://ii.library.jhu.edu/2013/11/27/using-blogging-as-a-learning-tool/

Howell, J. (2013). Teaching With ICT.

 

 

The Digital Divide

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Technology plays a major role in our way of life.

Unfortunately, not everyone in Australia has the same access to or is equally comfortable using technology. This has resulted in a digital divide.

The divide is not only defined by the access to the internet but by the access to Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). (The Digital Divide, ICT and Broadband Internet, 2016). The reasons can range from not having connection to the internet, not being able to afford to purchase technology or even just avoiding unnecessary technology.

his can cause difficulty’s for students when they go into the work place or further study.

Many people in today’s society are digitally fluent and therefore assume that students coming out of schools will have the same skills.

In her book, Teaching with ICT, Jennifer Howell states that;

“The wider community expect the education system to produce technologically fluent students who can use a wide variety of digital technologies.” (Howell, 2013)

Schools now implement internet based learning. This can be challenging for teachers who have limited experience with technology, which in turn can compromise the effectiveness of these programs.

While we are moving towards a society with everything online, organisations and schools still need to make provision for people who can’t use technology. To be inclusive of everyone, the 2016 census was not only online but it was available to be sent as a paper copy. This meant that everyone could fill it out in the way they felt most comfortable. Newsletters in some schools are also available online as well as on paper.

According to the bureau of statistics, 14 percent of Australians don’t have access to the internet. (Households With Internet Access at Home, 2016) This is due to a number of reasons from affordability to there not being any coverage.

Many efforts have been made to bridge this gap through the use of satellite technology, with Google playing a large part in bringing the internet to poor countries. (Worstall, 2013).

Unfortunately, the digital divide is constantly growing as new technology is being designed and invented. While this is true, technology is being made more easily accessible to everyone. I am looking forward to the day when everyone has access to the digital world.

 

 

References

Ewing, S. (2016). Australia’s digital divide is narrowing, but getting deeper. Retrieved from The Convosation: http://theconversation.com/australias-digital-divide-is-narrowing-but-getting-deeper-55232

Households With Internet Access at Home. (2016, 02 18). Retrieved from Australian Bureau of Statistics: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/8146.0

Howell, J. (2013). Teaching With ICT.

The Digital Divide, ICT and Broadband Internet. (2016). Retrieved from Internet World Stats: http://www.internetworldstats.com/links10.htm

Thomas, Barraket, Ewing, & MacDonald. (2016). Retrieved from Measuring Australia’s Digital Divide: The Australian Digital Inclusion Index 2016: https://digitalinclusionindex.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Australian-Digital-Inclusion-Index-2016.pdf

Worstall, T. (2013). Google’s Excellent Plan To Bring Wireless Internet To Developing Countries. Retrieved from Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2013/05/25/googles-excellent-plan-to-bring-wireless-internet-to-developing-countries/#dedcc374fa5c

 

 

 

 

What is The Digital World?

The digital world is growing every day with technology becoming more easily accessible. Whether it is for work or play, there is a device or program for just about everything.

We no longer live in one world consisting of family, friends and town. Rather, we live in multiple worlds; our digital worlds. Friends on social media, games and work are some examples. Technology instantly connects us to the other side of the world.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2015 7.7 million households in Australia had access to the internet. That is 86% of the population. The average amount of time that a person spends on the internet a week is 10 hours. (Households With Internet Access at Home, 2016)

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Laura Gallo states “Teens are sharing more than words over instant messaging. They are sharing photos, links, music and videos.” (Gallo, 2013). She goes on to say that teenagers are using this technology to express who they are and that not many young people are willing to give up their mobile devices.

This makes things hard whe
n students come into school and do not have access to their digital worlds.

“One of the strangest things in this age of young people’s empowerment is how little input our students have into their own education and its future.” (Prensky, 2008).

Students1-2177638.jpg in today’s society have a lot of control over their lives. Outside of school they are able to make their own decisions while when they are at school they have little in the way of control. (Prensky, 2008). With the aid of digital worlds, students have become increasingly fluent in the use of technology. Many teachers who are not so fluent in the use of technology tend to steer clear. A student in Albany, New York stated:

“If it’s the way we want to learn, and the way we can learn, you should let us do it.”      (Prensky, 2008)

Teachers should begin to incorporate new technologies into their teaching to engage and excite their students. A possible way for teachers to begin is by including something that the students know how to use then learning from them. This gives the students a sense of responsibility as well as allowing the teacher to learn alongside their students. (Howell, 2013)

 

References

Gallo, L. (2013). Living in a Digital World. Retrieved from IowaNow The Univercity of Iowa: https://now.uiowa.edu/2013/06/living-digital-world

Households With Internet Access at Home. (2016, 02 18). Retrieved from Australian Bureau of Statistics: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/8146.0

Howell, J. (2013). Teaching With ICT.

Peter, I. (n.d.). The History of Email. Retrieved from Net History: http://www.nethistory.info/History%20of%20the%20Internet/email.html

Prensky, M. (2008). The 21st Century Digital Learner. Retrieved from Edutopia: http://www.edutopia.org/ikid-digital-learner-technology-2008