The digital world in education…..

The digital world is forever growing, evolving and expanding and it has come a long way in a really short space of time. Our children have been exposed to the technologies their entire lives so as a teacher it is really important to ensure that you are up to date with what is happening out there and the best way to teach using these technologies. What is your digital pedagogy? (Howell, 2012).

Within Reggio Emilia they talk a lot about pedagogy and they employ pedagogistas (a pedagogical coordinator) who support in all aspects of the schools. Reggio Emilia has always been so inspired and involved with the children in the digital world, from using projectors to cameras and they move with the technology (Edwards, Gandini & Forman, 2012). The inspiration that I take from Reggio Emilia is that they never once just put the technology in the room for the children, they work with the children to discover together what the technology was about, they use the technology to teach as well as research.

From a workshop in Reggio Emilia.  Light, projection and video camera - materials in dialogue that invite exploration of digital/virtual and multiple/real selves

Light projection – Reggio Emilia (Debi Keyte-Hartland, 2015)

As a teacher I would like to share and expose my class to the digital world and use the Australian Curriculum (Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA], 2012) digital technologies subject to support me but i need to make sure there is an even balance between this and text books. We also have to remember that some children may not have as much exposure to the digital world as others and providing them with this can be daunting at first.

Texts and images are transmitted throughout digital media and the internet is the source for so many things. The importance of digital media is becoming more known with statistics such as newspapers declining in sales but Amazon.com selling more digital books than paper books, this then highlights how important the digital world is in education (White, 2013). We need to keep up to date with our own knowledge. Who will support you to do this?

Digital world – expand your world (Expand your world, 2015).

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References

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). Retrieved from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/

Digital world – expand your world (Expand your world, 2015). Retrieved from http://www.expand-your-world.com/

Edwards, C., Gandini, L., & Forman, G. (2012). The hundred languages of children; The Reggio Emilia experience in transformation. USA. Praeger.

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICTl Digital pedagogies for collaboration and creativity. South Melbourne, Vic. Oxford.

Light projection – Reggio Emilia (Debi Keyte-Hartland, 2015). Retrieved http://debikeytehartland.me/2014/12/10/aesthetics-of-the-digital-landscapes-emergent-lands-of-possibility-and-transformation/

White, G. (2013). Digital fluency : skills necessary for learning in the digital age. Melbourne, Vic. ACER.

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