For this assessment I initially found it quite challenging creating a blog using WordPress, embedding videos  and creating  a visual summation using sway, but with persistence I actually found it quite simple and easy to use these different technological tools.

These tools I used for this assessment helped me to further understand the topic by highlighting the importance of teachers having a digital pedagogy. Howell, (2012) states that a digital pedagogy provides teachers with the ability to meet new digital technologies and to be able to use them effectively in their classrooms (p.7).

As we are living in a world where the digital technologies available to us are becoming more advanced everyday it is important that teachers and their students are digitally fluent.

Hsi,  Pinkard and Woolsey, (2005) state that “digital fluency is loosely defined as the competencies, new representational practices, design sensibilities, and technical expertise that a learner gains or demonstrates by using digital tools to gather, design, evaluate, critique, synthesize, and develop digital media artifacts, communication messages, or other electronic expressions”.

“Our amazing, ever-changing technological world may seem overwhelming at times, but educators must rise to the challenge of closing the growing digital divide in education. The resources are available and the information is at our fingertips. To be successful in the world, students must learn to manipulate various forms of new media with a high level of comfort and skill, and school must become a place in which students can acquire the necessary skills for technological success” (Mullen & Wedwick, 2008).

From completing this assessment task I have gained a further understanding of the role teachers play in teaching in a digital world. By completing the 3 different components of the blog, it has helped me to understand the importance of developing a digital pedagogy, which in turn assists to develop digital fluency.

 

 

References

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching With ICT. South Melbourne, Victoria: Oxford University Press.

Hsi, S.,  Pinkard, N., &  Woolsey,K. (2005) Creating Equity Spaces For Digitally Fluent Kids. Retrieved from

        https://www.exploratorium.edu/research/digitalkids/Digital_equity_paper.pdf

Mullen, R & Wedwick, L. (2008). Avoiding the Digital Abyss: Getting Started in the Classroom with YouTube, Digital Stories, and Blogs. Retrieved from

        http://s3.amazonaws.com/academia.edu.documents/5666306/digital_abyss.pdf?           AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAJ56TQJRTWSMTNPEA&Expires=1477194932&Signature=CRqb6PJQbLBFz%2FNYXQplci0rPIY%3D&response-content-disposition=inline%3B%20filename%3DAvoiding_the_digital_abyss_Getting_start.pdf

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