This week’s topic moved focus to teaching and learning in a Digital World – Digital Information and Fluency. We explored the types of suitable, reliable content available online and what skills we need to become digitally fluent to allow us to successfully interpret this information.
This week challenged my thinking and introduced many different resources and tools such as Pinterest, Diigo, Tagxedo, Trove and Pandora. Prior to this week, I was unaware of these useful tools and have further developed on my previous knowledge and Digital Fluency. Online resources such Diigo are a great and easily accessible space in which to keep information relating to teaching, similar to a filing cabinet online.
IN THE CLASSROOM
Being Digitally Fluent means having the skills to ethically and proficiently use information, research, and evaluate digital information. Most students in classrooms today are active participants in the digital world and therefore are digital learners. As Jennifer Howell explains, there are multiple messages within one piece of information and these can all be interpreted differently. Within the classroom environment, it is important to think about the students differing learning styles and to specifically use use digital information successfully. Digital Fluency among students is hard to measure and active participation varies between individuals. When also taking into account the Digital Divide, students will be sitting at various levels of technology access. To enhance the learning experience and develop students digital fluency, students need to be taught the relevant skills for example; how to search for information with key words and symbols (boolean, truncation and wildcards techniques) and how to interpret information from text, video, links, photos and so on. Students should be exposed and engaged in various programs to promote autodidacticism (self education). The majority of digital learning happens through personal exploration and practical application.
Pinterest will now be a powerful tool and resource that I will use in my professional teaching life. Digital information can be curated and is readily accessible in this sharing website, inspiring ideas and generating new and challenging lessons. When selecting content and information for lessons, accurate and authentic information must be used. Websites with .gov or .edu are good indicators of a reliable source. As teachers we have a responsibility to protect and appropriately educate the students. All participants in the classroom (teacher and student) need to be critical users of information technology.
Link to my Pinterest page:
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