A world without internet is now unimaginable with its capacity, extensiveness and availability. Our dependence on digital devices and platforms has increased very quickly over last 10 years. We connect with people, shop, do our banking, read books and search for information online. Things like driverless cars or wearable devices, that seemed unrealistic a decade ago, are now becoming facts of existence. In our modern world, everyday activities are increasingly digital.
Technology has changed our life and the way we communicate and learn. Today’s students grow up around digital technologies and the information that they offer. They use mobile phones, TV, computer and social networking sites on a daily basis. “The non-schooling part of their lives is rich in digital technologies…” stated Howell (2012). As ‘digital natives’ they are used to connecting and receiving information very fast. They enjoy working in networking group projects and expect creative and engaging learning environment at school (Prensky, 2008). Technology for them creates more engaging learning opportunities and reinforces their peer interactions.
“We are living in a highly interconnected world. Information and communication are no longer limited to our local environment” says Howell (2012). Digital technologies have changed the demand for certain skills in the professional workforce and the way businesses operate. Constant development of digital technologies generates new careers and occupations.
Educators have an obligation to prepare students to successfully function in a future digital and professional world (Howell, 2012). Students’ interest in technology should be utilised in creating an engaging and motivating learning experience. Reinforcing their digital skills will help learners to progress through particular learning goals by teaching them problem solving and creativity. This in return, will make them confident and successful members of society in the future.
Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital pedagogies for collaboration and creativity. Victoria: Oxford University Press.
Prensky, M. (2008). The 21st Century Digital Learner https://www.edutopia.org/ikid-digital-learner-technology-2008