Living in a digital world, I have witnessed the revolution of modern technologies and how the members of our society have changed their behaviour towards contemporary devices. After learning about the topics: Digital Fluency, Transmedia and Digital Divide, it has enlightened me that though I am a ‘digital native’ I cannot label myself as digitally fluent. It has informed me about the digital divide evident in our community and how I should be open-minded inside classrooms.
I have seen blogs all over the net whenever I search for topics, however I did not imagine myself doing such immature writing. At first, I thought blogging was only for popular individuals looking for global attention. But as I searched the purpose of a blog, it is great for educational intentions (Pappas, 2013). Students are not pressured to write formally as it is an online journal/diary, thus encourages students to express themselves. Morris (2013) explained not just how her students’ literacy skills improved but engagement increased. Effectively using blogs in classrooms aid students’ digital fluency through building their confidence in using the technology (Howell, 2012).
Using audio and visual tools provide individuals their needs in relation to what kind of learners they are, either visual or audio. Using Sway application aids visual learners to understand and retain information better when associated with images or graphics (Roell, 2016). Whereas, Voki, an excellent program to convey concepts in audio makes it beneficial to audio learners, where they remember context well if heard (Roell, 2016). Making audio and visual contents available online is a great approach in reaching students, they are able to access it anytime and anywhere e.g. the blackboard we have in Curtin (Preston, 2009). Students expect this content available online, therefore distribution is inclining, making it easy to use (Preston, 2009).
Overall, as a teacher, it is important to explore and discover a range of digital resources that can be used for teaching and learning. The expectancy to develop students’ digital fluency has been a great focus in curriculum, therefore enhancing teachers’ digital capability and knowledge will lead to innovative learning.
Morris, Kathleen. (2013, March 8). The Benefits of Educational Blogging. Retrieved from:http://primarytech.global2.vic.edu.au/2013/03/08/the-benefits-of-educational-blogging/
Pappas, Christopher . (2013, Sept 26). How To Use Blogs In the Classroom. Retrieved from: https://elearningindustry.com/how-to-use-blogs-in-the-classroom
Roell, Kelly. (2016, Dec 5). The Three Different Learning Styles: Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic Learning Styles. Retrieved from: https://www.thoughtco.com/three-different-learning-styles-3212040