Teaching in a Digital World – Week 6 Reflection “Digital Fluency”

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The term ‘Digital Fluency’ refers to a user of Information technology to interpret information, comprehend its meaning, build knowledge and translate ideas in a digitally connected world.

On initial thoughts of this subject, I was immediately drawn to the word ‘fluent.’ Instantly, it related to a language like English whereby I am fluent in reading, writing and communicating verbally.

The prior knowledge of skills needed to become digitally fluent is minimal. Dependant on the individual and the tasks that are being performed, fluency is the ability to undertake a task accurately and easily. So regardless of whether they are a frequent user of technology, fluency covers a wide spectrum of digital understanding.

As teachers, the challenges that face us in the digitally enhanced classroom are how to ascertain whether a student is digitally fluent? Is it a score or level from 1 to 10? I believe if the student is able to comprehend, adjust, formulate and replicate specific tasks – they are on their way to being digitally fluent. The continual development of new software, technologies will challenge their cognitive learning behaviours. Students who are able to evolve in line with those developments will have a greater digital fluency.

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Definition of Digital Fluency

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The link below is my first attempt at Scratch. On the topic of “Digital Fluency,” I can see how frustrating new learners of digital technology may find it difficult. I myself being relatively fluent with computers found this extremely challenging. After doing some research with google and having a great determination to learn, it was actually fun! For a first time attempt, I think it turned out well to incorporate audio and a story line. Feedback was received quite well from my Tutor and fellow colleagues.

First Attempt at Scratch

References

Scratch Logo. (2010). [image] Retrieved from http://chrisbetcher.com/2010/10/teaching-kids-to-think-using-scratch/

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Teaching in a Digital World – Week 5 Reflection “Digital Information”

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Information that is conveyed or displayed in a digital format is known as Digital Information. Technology allows information to be spontaneous, quick and effective means of communication. In the digitally enhanced world as we know it today, we are able to access a variety of information like images, forums, audio and video streaming (Howell, 2012).

As a future teacher, my understanding that social media networks are a small part of a bigger technology enhanced world. This topic enlightened me to a site called Pinterest. Similar to a pin board, related articles, pictures or website information can be collated to form an overall perspective on a topic. Initially sceptical by its layout, a new appreciation was formed in that my ideas to a topic could be shared and comments from other ‘pinners’ may be added.

Being a regular user of digital gadgets, I utilise various means of accessing information. As an example, I check the weather forecast for the day and keep informed with latest news updates on my iPhone. Even shopping around for specific electronic items, website reviews assist me in making an informed decision. Come to think of it, I don’t remember the last time I picked up a newspaper!

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References

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT. South Melbourne, VIC: Oxford University Press

iphone image. (2014). [image] Retrieved from http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20120610/education/Ever-growing-demand-for-information-professionals.423568

Pinterest Picture. (2013). [image] Retrieved from http://www.edudemic.com/guides/the-teachers-guide-to-pinterest/


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The link below is an illustration board created with ‘pinterest’ that incorporates various ways digital information is accessed, shared and utilised in everyday life.

Digital Information we encounter

 

 

 

Teaching in a Digital World – Week 4 Reflection “Digital Divide”

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Digital Divide is a split in the worlds population that have access to digital technologies as opposed to those who don’t. My first impression on digital divide was quite naive to believe that we are not connected as one may think.

Research shows that on a world platform in 2012, based on population statistics, Africa has the lowest percentage of Internet users with 15.6%. North America in contrast has 78.6% of the population who are users of the World Wide Web. In our own country, I was intrigued that Australia and the Oceanic region, 67.6% of the population have access. With the abundance of technology saturated classrooms, I initially estimated a figure of above 80% (Internetworldstats.com, 2014).

The socioeconomic levels in our own country, reports that only 57% of low income earners in Australia have access to the Internet in comparison to high income earners with 98% (Abs.gov.au, 2014). The obvious division is clear and the Australian government is working to provide the country with the best Internet in line with other developed countries. Current initiatives like the National broadband Network (NBN) came with its own controversies due to costs of infrastructure; however the long term benefit will assist in bridging the obvious gaps (Nbnco.com.au, 2014).

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References

Abs.gov.au,. (2014). 8146.0 – Household Use of Information Technology, Australia, 2012-13. Retrieved from http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/8146.0Chapter12012-13

Digital Divide. (2013). [image] Retrieved from http://blogs.swa-jkt.com/swa/10848/2013/11/25/digital-divide-academic-investigation/

Internetworldstats.com,. (2014). World Internet Users Statistics Usage and World PopulationStats. Retrieved from http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm

Nbnco.com.au,. (2014). NBN Co – National Broadband Network – Australia | How the National Broadband Network (NBN) works. Retrieved from http://www.nbnco.com.au/nbn-for-home/how-it-works.html?icid=pub:hme:about-nbn:hro:img

 


 

The National Broadband Network

“The National Broadband Network (NBN) will ensure that all Australians have access to very fast broadband using a mix of technologies. The Australian Government is committed to completing the construction of the NBN sooner, at less expense for taxpayers and more affordable for consumers.”

Digital Divide Article

 

Infographic - Digital Divide

The info-graphic created below allows for quick visualisation of facts that are presented in a colourful yet informative way. The combination of graphs as well as figures allow the reader to clearly understand what Digital divide really is about.