What is a digital world?
You may ask yourself, what exactly is a digital world? The answer is somewhat simple; a digital world is the modern world of new technologies. These technologies allow us to connect with people globally (Howell, 2014), explore, experiment, and research new ideas and information from a wide variety of resources found online.
As Howell (2012, pp. 9-10) states, the impact that digital technologies have on teaching and learning is vast. With new technologies constantly evolving, we are confronted with new and exciting ways to teach and learn. It is important that we are able to change and adapt to these evolving technologies as it becomes imperative for graduating students to be fluent in using them (Howell, 2012, p. 6).
As a child growing up, I was fortunate enough to have access to a computer and the internet in my household. It has been exciting to watch technology grow and develop and I feel that this has given me an advantage in becoming fluent with the technologies released.
Children growing up in today’s generation are often referred to as “digital natives” (Howell, 2012). They have been born into the digital world and are immersed in technologies on a day to day basis. If you give your phone to a 2 year old, it is more than likely they know how to use it.
As Marc Prensky (2013) states, technology is not just ‘things’ such as iPads, computers, smart phones, etc. “Technology is an extension of our thinking” (Prensky, 2013). Students of today do not want to be lectured by teachers, they want to be involved in learning by using the technologies that are so widely available to them. Hear more of what Prensky has to say here.
Teachers will find students are more engaged in learning when they are using technologies they are familiar and comfortable with. Therefore, the digital world is so important for teachers to adapt to and be open minded about if they want to get the best out of their students in the future.
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