Prior to my studies, I had not heard of the term digital pedagogy. I found reading Child Development and Education (McDevitt, Ormrod, Cupit, Chandler, & Aloa, 2013), to be quite informative, as it was introducing me to a new concept where technology was the main focus. I agree that it is necessary for teachers to develop a digital pedagogy, as technology will be a useful tool throughout the classroom. My understanding of this has increased drastically over the course of reading chapter one (Howell, 2012). I previously believed that technology was a distraction for children in the classroom. I now understand that technology not only serves as a useful tool for teachers (for example, PowerPoint presentations); but it also increases motivation and engagement in students. (Howell, 2012).
The disconnection between what students want and what they are receiving is significant. Student frustration is rising. (Prensky, 2008). I was surprised at this, as I thought children merely used technology for entertainment purposes. Through learning that the majority of students want technology to be used in their lessons, it has taught me that when I become an educator, I must incorporate technology into my teachings. I feel that this will enable me to connect more with my students and maintain their attention. This excites me greatly, as I feel that through using technology as a teaching tool it will enhance the students’ grades, and increase their desire to learn. I believe that the digitally native students learn differently to previous generations, as they are constantly surrounded by technology. I believe students would yield much better results by learning in a digitally developed classroom, rather than reading from a text book. For example, through the use of PowerPoint presentations, interactive smart boards and eBooks. I now understand that our teaching methods need to adapt, in order to accommodate emerging technologies. (McDevitt, Ormrod, Cupit, Chandler, & Aloa, 2013).
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