WEEK 6 – DIGITAL FLUENCY

Teachers teachings in this digital age need to aim at providing enough opportunity to enable students to become digitally fluent users of technologies.  Accordingly to Jennifer Howell (2013) the objective for primary school teachers is simple and for effective learning with technology to be achieved the phase of learning is to be anchored to creativity activity, experimental activity and purposeful activity.  The focus of the outcomes of these activities should be to develop digital content creators, technology innovators and digitally fluent users of technologies (p. 147).

The range of digital technologies that can be used in the primary classroom is wide. The following technologies are some that allow for the development of skills and also the expansion of experiences with different types of technologies:

– Work processing (Word) – Word processing is a basic and important skill needed by students throughout their formal schooling and the level of expertise should increase as students process through primary school.

– Spreadsheet (Excel) – Spreadsheets can be useful and used for varies learning opportunities such as simple mathematical computations such as addition, division and subtraction, presenting data, and for alphabetical data such as names, places and other information.

– Advanced web-searching skills – It is important students skills are built upon in becoming familiar with search engines such as Google to enable the ability to become proficient at searching for information on the internet and analysing critically the information that is found.

– Publishing –  Publishing programs are extremely useful tools for students to learn during primary schooling.  There is a lot of skills and knowledge associated with using publishing programs, particularly in areas of formatting, genre and different types and styles of writing that make them attractive inclusions in the classroom activities.  The formats and templates available in publishing programs match a number of learning outcomes and offer students a strong feeling of achievement and pride.

– Making a video or movie – It is a complex process with varies stages which offers the opportunity for students to learn a wide range of skills.  Making a video or movie can be extremely rewarding as students have an end product that they can see and show to others.  The process involves planning, filming and editing and each stage has its own set of skills and knowledge, thus it a great tool that will enable a rich learning experience.

(Howell, 2013, pp. 147-161)

Reference:

Howell, J. (2013). Teaching with ICT: Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration and Creativity. South Melbourne, VIC: Oxford University Press.

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