Impact of the Digital World on Education and Schooling
The digital world consists of multiple layers or platforms which include websites, programs, and applications. With devices such as computers, tablets and smart phones, these layers can be accessed through multiple entrance points. Over time layers appear and vanish, and the devices themselves are updated, upgraded, or taken off the market completely (Aytac, Wu, 2010). This leads to a complex digital world that is ever-changing and therefore presents a challenge to users to engage the platforms through current devices. Increasingly this digital world seems to merge with the real world and can become dangerously complex, with the main concerns being: leaving people behind due to non-participation (Bentley, 2014), digital security for digital identities (Ferriter,2010), and digital tattoos (Mctaggart, 2015) among others. Educators now have the duty to prepare children for this parallel world, and there is a strong need to educate students about the benefits and risks of merging digital and real worlds.
When writing the blog I used different technologies including handheld devices and a desktop computer, each with access to the internet to browse platforms and websites. These included WordPress, Prezi, Pinterest and Youtube.
The internet also gave me access to the University Student Oasis. Here, through collaboration sessions and readings, I was assisted in getting to know what a blog is and how to create one. While using these technologies, my understanding of the digital world has developed and I now appreciate the beneficial and important role of the digital world in children’s lives, relationships and how it affects their future. I also learnt that technology does not only offer possibilities, but dangers as well. Gomez describes the dangers of Transmedia in his TEDx–talk “Dare” (2010) as potentially being “misleading, isolating and addictive” (20:10 min). I think those risks can be applied to much of the digital world. Here lies the great challenge and responsibility of educators to teach their students to live in and manage their own identity in this digital world.
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