What is a digital world?

Auditory Summation:Week 1, What is a digital world?

Follow the link to the Voki presentation focusing on the topic ‘What is a digital world?’.


Following is the script to my Voki.

What is a digital world?

Tony Bates describes it best in his book “Teaching in a Digital Age” (2015). We are now living in a digital world with technology and web based products ever-changing and advancing around us. Our lives are immersed in technology; from the moment we wake up to the alarm on our mobile phones until the moment we go to sleep and finally stop scrolling through our social media pages or web browsers. Technological and digital change is showing no signs of slowing down and is undoubtedly changing our approaches to education. Teachers now need to develop a ‘Digital Pedagogy’ updating their methods of teaching in this digital era or else risk being left behind. As Jennifer Howell writes “We either up-skill and embrace digital technologies or we get left behind by our students” (2012, pp6). An article by Dotterer, Hedges and Parker “Fostering Digital Citizenship in the Classroom” (2016) recognises that nearly one in ten children are receiving a mobile device by the age of five, thus making todays youth the digital natives of our time. As educators we must foster responsible digital citizenship within our classrooms. In order to safeguard the well-being of our students and develop their workplace skills effectively it is up to us to ensure that students “understand the implications, consequences, and best practices for engaging with technology” (Dotterer, Hedges & Parker, 2016, pp1). In order to use technology effectively within the classroom we need to do then more than just expose our students to digital devices and internet access, we must insight them with a type of digital literacy. “Students must understand how to use technology in ways that enhance their learning experience” (Dotterer, Hedges & Parker, 2016, pp2). New York City’s Department of Education defines digital literacy as “Having the knowledge and ability to use a range of technology tools for varied purposes” (as cited in Dotterer, Hedges & Parker, 2016 pp2). To be digitally literate students must become engaged within the digital world, correctly using technology to collaborate, create and research. Educators need to provide these basic skills throughout schooling, engaging the effective critical thinking of their students.


Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital pedagogies for collaboration and creativity. South Melbourne, VIC: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://ebookcentral.proquest.com.ezproxy.newcastle.edu.au/lib/newcastle/reader.action?docID=1986003

Bates, T. (2015). Teaching in a Digital Age. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Library. Retrieved from https://open.library.ubc.ca/cIRcle/collections/ubccommunityandpartnerspublicati/52387/items/1.0224023

Dotterer, G., Hedges, A. & Parker, H. (2016). Fostering Digital Citizenship in the Classroom. Education Digest, Vol 82 Issue 3. Retrieved from http://eds.a.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.newcastle.edu.au/eds/delivery?sid=21124338-48d1-46e1-8b9c-a5c910473c06%40sessionmgr4009&vid=2&hid=4210&ReturnUrl=http%3a%2f%2feds.a.ebscohost.com%2feds%2fpdfviewer%2fpdfviewer%3fsid%3d21124338-48d1-46e1-8b9c-a5c910473c06%2540sessionmgr4009%26vid%3d1%26hid%3d4210


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