Final Reflection

To create my blog, I used a number of different tools, such as WordPress, Soundcloud, and Prezi. Soundcloud assisted me in creating a voice recording, which I was then able to insert into my blog. It was a place where I was able to practice my teacher voice and a tool that I will be able to use in a classroom. I could record myself, reciting specific words or sounds for the younger year groups to listen to and learn.

Prezi helped me create a fun and engaging presentation. Instead of just writing down my thoughts, I was able to incorporate visual elements, such as images and infographics to complement my information. This is definitely something that I will be able to use in the classroom because I could create fun presentations and speak about them to the class. Lastly, WordPress helped me to collect all my information and put it all into one place. I inserted my voice recording and visual presentation, as well as multiple pictures, videos, and of course, plenty of information to describe my chosen topics. Creating this blog helped me to explore more programs and become more digitally aware, adding on to my digital fluency.

(A Brave New Digital World, n.d.)

Using these digital tools in the classroom are of high importance because it engages students in their work on another level. It is not just another worksheet or creating another poster, it is using technology to create something that you otherwise could not with pen and paper (Wainwright, 2017). It is also of vital importance that children start to develop digital fluency at an early age. Just like learning a language, the sooner you begin learning, the easier it will come to you, rather than starting in your adult life (Holland, 2013).

Click on the link below to read more about the importance of using digital technology in the classroom:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeana-lee-tahnk/technology-in-the-classroom_b_5946570.html

Explore the infographic below to learn more about digital learning in our society:

(Digital learning becomes fourth literacy, n.d.)

References

A Brave New Digital World. (n.d.). [image]. Retrieved from http://www.adcorp.co.nz/news-blog/A-Brave-New-Digital-World

Digital learning becomes fourth literacy. (n.d.). [image]. Retrieved from https://blog.markwcarbone.ca/2013/10/08/digital-literacies/

Holland, B. (2013). Building Technology Fluency: Preparing Students to be Digital Learners. Retrieved from https://www.edutopia.org/blog/building-tech-fluency-digital-learners-beth-holland

Wainwright, A. (2017). 10 Reasons Today’s Students Need Technology in the Classroom. Retrieved from http://www.securedgenetworks.com/blog/10-Reasons-Today-s-Students-NEED-Technology-in-the-Classroom

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Participation and the Digital Divide

Visual summation: Participation and the Digital Divide

Click on the link below to be taken to the visual presentation:

https://prezi.com/view/ywYhR2XdSfsbIMPfEyLg/

Also, click on the link below to read an article about students falling behind in class because their parents can’t afford to purchase digital technology:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2380413/Children-falling-class-parents-afford-buy-iPads-tablet-computers.html

 

Digital Identities and Digital Security

Auditory summation: Digital Identities and Digital Security

Follow the link below to my SoundCloud recording:

Below is the script to my SoundCloud link recording:

Our digital identity is how we are presented through the Internet and our devices; it is the storage of information about a person’s online activity. These activities can include your login data into a variety of websites, your browser history, and any purchase history made online. If you have ever used a computer, smartphone, or tablet, you have a digital identity. Not only individuals have digital identities, however, companies and organisations that use the Internet also have them. A lot of companies and organisations are public figures, hence there may be a lot of negative information circulating about them. This negative information is not always necessarily true, however, whether it is true or not, it adds to their digital identity.

Our digital identity can also be described as a digital tattoo because it is the permanent collection of information available to others about us. Everything we will ever post on the Internet will add to that digital tattoo and you can never get rid of it. Just like a real life tattoo, once you engrave it into your skin, it is there forever (Binary Tattoo, n.d.).

If your information is made publicly available, anyone is able to use your digital identity to uncover your civil identity, which is your personal information. This information can be sensitive, such as your credit card details, your home address, or simply your full name. This is a very common consequence of using technology and the Internet because your information is readily available to anyone (“Digital Identity”, 2017). We do have some control over what information about us is available online but not all of it. Whatever you decide to put out there about yourself is your choice but sometimes your friends may put up an embarrassing photo of you for everyone to see, that is something that you do not have control over. You also cannot take anything down that is out there. Once it is out there, it is out there (Ha, 2014).

Below is an infographic, further explaining how important digital security is:

social-media-oversharing-security-risks-infographic.png

(Lord, 2016)

Also click on the links below to watch two short videos about the importance of staying safe in a digital world:

References

Binary Tattoo. (n.d.). How are you defining YOUR digital identity? Retrieved from http://www.binarytattoo.com/about-us/

Digital identity. (2017). In Wikipedia. Retrieved May 3, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_identity

Ha, T. (2014). What are you revealing online? Much more than you think. Retrieved from http://ideas.ted.com/do-you-know-what-youre-revealing-online-much-more-than-you-think/

Lord, N. (2016). Oversharing: Your Biggest Security Risk Could Be You [image]. Retrieved from https://digitalguardian.com/blog/oversharing-your-biggest-security-risk-could-be-you-infographic

What is a digital world?

Written summation: What is a digital world?

A Digital World

The phrase ‘digital world’ refers to how our world is encompassed by technology. It is about how our digital world is constantly progressing with new technologies arising and continuously being updated (IGI Global, 2017, para 1). Whether it is our social, work, or school life, our lives are driven by technology. We use digital devices in our day-to-day life to socialise, communicate, complete tasks, and do research. The best thing is, that we are able to use a single device to achieve these tasks; whether it is a smartphone, a computer, or a tablet (Abelow, n.d.). We do so many things using technology, especially with mobile phones. Smartphones have a range of tools required for our everyday life and we rely on them. Some of these common tools include an alarm clock, a camera, and a flashlight.

Below is an infographic, describing how reliant we really are on digital technology, especially on mobile phones, and the impact it has on our health.

XIeGutz.jpg(Are you a nomophobe?, n.d.)

Technology Changed Our Lives

Technology only continues to improve our lives. We are able to transfer files, send messages, and make calls only in a matter of seconds and to anyone, anywhere in the world. It is like having the world at your hands while holding a smartphone (Kendrick, 2013, para 4-13). Our world is so reliant on technology that it can be considered essential that everyone must be able to adapt to any new technology that comes into our world.

(Stuatkins, 2017)

Adapting to Technology

To be able to understand the world, we must understand the technology that is used. Teachers are now required to have a digital pedagogy, which is the ability to teach a subject using digital technology (Howell, 2012, p. 5). This also means that teachers must be able to find suitable technologies and programs to incorporate into their lesson plans for students to use and explore, which creates expectancy from both students and teachers to be able to understand how to use the technologies provided.

(Cagle Cartoons, 2010)

Click on the link below to read more about digital fluency and its importance:

http://blog.core-ed.org/blog/2015/10/what-is-digital-fluency.html

References

Abelow, D. (n.d.). If Our Future is Digital, How Will it Change the World?. Retrieved from https://www.wired.com/insights/2014/04/future-digital-will-change-world/

Are you a nomophobe? (n.d.). [image]. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/smartphone-addiction_n_5626996

Cagle Cartoons. (2010). Digital Pedagogies [image]. Retrieved from http://digped2014.thatcamp.org/2012/09/27/hello-world/

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: digital pedagogies for collaboration & creativity. Oxford University Press.

IGI Global. (2017). What is Digital World. Retrieved from http://www.igi-global.com/dictionary/digital-world/42218

Kendrick, J. (2013). Mobile technology: the amazing impact on our lives. Retrieved from http://www.zdnet.com/article/mobile-technology-the-amazing-impact-on-our-lives/

Stuatkins. (2017). Selling in a digital world [image]. Retrieved from http://www.stuatkins.com/digital-world/