What is a Digital World?
A digital world, is a world full of digital devices and technologies. It is the world we live in today and is a result of many innovations and technology advances (Pros and Cons of the new Digital World). All of these things contribute to the changing of the world, i.e. the modern era. The digital world is made up of countless digital devices and technologies such as; smart phones, computers and others such as the iPad, tablets and even digital alarm clocks. Most, if not all jobs require the use of digital devices in some form or another so it is therefore crucial that everyone participates and has a good understanding of the digital world. On average, teens spend approximately 458 minutes using digital media per day (teachincrtl.org). This statistic shows how much of an influence the changing digital world has on our lives and how dependent we have become on digital devices. The changing digital world has had a significant impact on how teachers are teaching their students. Nowadays, it is essential for teachers to teach using digital technologies and resources (J. Howell, 2012). This is known as a digital pedagogy. Teaching resources and technologies include; Interactive Whiteboards, Pinterest, Scoop.it, Mathletics Math games and countless others that have educational purposes. Without the technology that is present in our everyday lives, the world wouldn’t be what it is today.
Digital Identities and Digital Security
A digital Identity is an online networked identity adopted by an individual, organisation or electronic device (Techopedia, 2016). Quite often, an individual has a public online identity as well as a private one. A private digital identity is one that you are able share with those closest to you and you have complete control over. Whereas a public digital identity is one that everyone can see if they search your name online and you usually have no control over what is posted in our digital world. This occurs with most, if not all celebrities. For example, Beyoncé has her personal social media accounts that she has complete control over but she also has public accounts that she uses to engage with her fans. As she is quite famous there are a countless number of articles that get posted about her all of the time that she has no control over. Digital Security therefore plays an important role in protecting your digital identity. Digital Security includes the tools you use to secure your identity in the digital world (JustaskGemalto.com). There is a range of different precautions you can use in order to protect your digital identity, these include; having secure passwords that you change every so often, not telling anyone your passwords, using anti-virus software, using secure web services and sites as well as many others. By taking these precautions, your digital security level will be high which will therefore protect your overall digital identity.
A video about Digital Identity by Teaching and Learning Innovations CSUC can be found here:
Digital Fluency is an evolving ability that allows the individual to effectively interpret information, discover meaning, design content, construct knowledge, and communicate ideas in a digitally connected world (Boise State University). Digital fluency involves using technologies in teaching and learning in order to improve learning amongst students. Digital fluency is a combination of Digital Literacy; being able to read, create and evaluate using digital technologies, Digital Proficiency; the ability to use technology to learn, and Social Competence; the ability to relate to others (what is digital fluency, 2015). By the end of primary school and/or early secondary school a student should have the ability to; be able to use Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Publisher proficiently; be familiar with some higher level technology programs, such as Flash and some programming languages; be able to create digital artefacts such as videos and podcasts; be proficient in web searching; have a developed understanding of digital literacy; be experienced in an understand the strength and weaknesses of web 2.0 (social networking and online communication); be experienced in blogging, wikis, podcasts and RSS feeds; have experience in more complex technologies; and understand the associated language (J. Howell, 2012). Without digital fluency, students would not be able to effectively use digital technologies in their learning and hence might fall behind in their learning in the later years of their primary education or early years of their secondary education. Therefore, it is crucial for teachers to keep an eye on the digital ability of each child and work closely with those students that might be struggling in order to ensure that they are staying at the same pace to the other students.
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