Before we all started carrying smartphones in our pockets, we connected with one another the only way we knew how to, in person. We planned outings around activities we enjoyed to do with our friends, not what would make the best status update. We printed photos and put them into real photo albums as a tribute to good times and we only shared important updates about our lives with the people who were actually a part of them. Being connected meant sharing an unedited version of our real life selves, with the people closest to us—without the need to document, retouch, upload, broadcast, or archive our relationships.
“More than 2.8 billion people connect to the digital world every day” James (2016)
We wakeup with our smartphones. We check email before our feet touch the ground in the morning. We drive to work using Goggle maps or connect with family via Bluetooth phone calls. We eat meals, work, exercise, and relax in front of our screens. Then we go to bed with our devices, refusing to shut them down in case something comes up. We repeat this process every single day.
For educators the use and learning of new technology is essential. Howell (2012, p. 5) states that all teachers need a digital pedagogy. Teaching using digital technologies is now viewed as essential as Howell (2012, p. 5) explains students together with their parents are expect to learn and be taught using digital technologies.
This link shows how teachers are embracing digital technology gettingsmart.com/…/how-to-create-a-new-culture-of-learning.
We see technology is rapidly being integrated into the classroom with a variety of tools being used to enhance specific learning outcomes.
“The internet is loaded with activities for all types of classes” (Tiffany, 2011) This method of teaching is having a positive effect in classrooms as research from (Prensky, 2008) states that web-based training and educational tools are essential for keeping students engaged and motivated.
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21st Century Education Youtube video. (2012) Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nA1Aqp0sPQo
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