Lifelong learning is a term always used but what does this mean? Howell (2014) describes lifelong learning as “we learn throughout our lifetime.” I am an older student pursuing a dream. This demonstrates lifelong learning. My journey is not easy as I now have other priorities, however lifelong learning within a digital age has made this possible.
The world is at our fingertips and because of this makes any dream possible. This subject has shown how digital blurring, digital fluency, digital security and the understanding of digital information all come together for lifelong learning to occur. (Howell, 2014) It is essential teachers educate students to develop these skills to be successful citizens in the real world. With the right set of skills students would be able to manipulate different types of information available digitally.
Over the past few weeks I have had to complete many tasks utilising software packages. Some of these tasks have bought on many emotions of failure. Imagine if the students feel the same way and can’t meet the digital expectancy of parents, community and the workplace. (Howell, 2012) How are teachers, who are not competent users of technology, meeting the needs to bridge the gap of digital divide? To be able to teach within a 21st Century classroom I would need to become a lifelong learner in order to meet the needs of all students.
In the 21st Century classroom it is imperative that technology becomes a part of the student learning to reach outcomes within the curriculum document. The Australian Curriculum is changing prioritising technology as a key competency. (Howell, 2012) Students will learn how to use information communication technologies effectively ensuring they are highly competent users within a “technologically sophisticated society now and into the future.” (Australian Curriculum, Reporting and Assessment Authority, 2014) Together, students and teachers can share, build and express their knowledge and understanding of technology available. Teachers need to create and understand a digital pedagogy to ensure different modes of learning within a digital world takes place. (Howell, 2012)
It is necessary to build students skill set so they can become global citizens. (Howell, 2012) Students are able to utilise the digital world for social networking, connecting, purchasing, reading, researching and many more interactive activities. (Howell, 2014) This demonstrates how individuals now emerge within society and how they fit in within a global world. Students need to know and understand the connection their learning has, how their learning can continue to grow, how they are connected with the world and most importantly to be lifelong learners. (Oxfam, 2006)
The task this week was to identify key information about Earth Day. The information collected was to be presented using Voki or another presentation tool. Using key terms through Google, their spider program sent out and collated lots of information regarding Earth Day. (Potter, 2011) The internet collates the research for me. Through my understanding of digital information I can now source through the findings to only credible information.
Voki is a presentation tool that allows you to create a talking character and choose different backgrounds to match your topic. This educational tool would be ideal for primary school students as it allows students to be creative, motivate and meet different learning styles. Students can use Voki as a presentation tool and also for teachers to introduce content material. Voki can be used as a digital tool showing student understanding of a particular topic through a hands-on approach. This can be linked to Constructionism.
Here is the link to the presentation about Earth Day using Voki.
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