I found this topic rather interesting because I was able to relate to my learning experience, as I have two younger siblings who were born into the twenty-first century. I was aware that the current generation of children are digital natives and are surrounded by technology every day. However, I now understand that their attitude towards technology carries over to their schooling. I now believe that as a result of an over exposure to technology at home, many children are dependent upon technology in the classroom to engage their mind and assist their focus towards learning. For example, a child may find it hard to concentrate and absorb information from a text book. However, if the teacher were to provide the text in the form of a PowerPoint presentation, it may engage the students and encourage their participation throughout the lesson. I agree completely that students need to develop digital fluency to prepare themselves for the real world. (Howell, 2012). It is our responsibility to prepare our students to be successful later in life, therefore, developing their technological skills.
I was against technology throughout learning. In school I would prefer a textbook and pen over a laptop. After studying this topic, I now understand technology’s importance. If we were to refrain from using technology in our lessons, we would be hindering the student’s abilities, which they ultimately need in life (for example, word processing, research skills).
According to Bentley (2014) one in five Australians are not accessing the internet. I was oblivious to this digital divide, and I now understand it is vital for educators to bridge the gap among students. We need to ensure students have adequate access to technology at school. For example, scheduled lessons in a computer room. Teaching students core skills will strengthen their fluency, particularly disadvantaged students.
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