While this youtube refers to students at a university level, many of the key points that Donald Clarke makes about teaching and learning are very thought-provoking for us as educators and parents of children going into a rapidly changing world and workforce. Some of his ideas are certainly very applicable to the primary context however perhaps even more importantly, he highlights how rapidly change is taking place in teaching and learning and how technology is playing a pivotal role.
Change is part of life and as each year goes by, we are faced with an ever increasing rate of change in all aspects of our lives. Schools are not exempt from this change as we grapple with preparing students for a world that increasingly needs good critical and creative thinkers, and effective collaborators and communicators who are technologically savvy.
As leaders in schools one of our many tasks is to ensure that our teachers are well supported to respond to this change and that our physical spaces are also set up to accommodate our students for the best outcomes possible!
“When learners are engaged in defining their learning processes and when they have ownership to choose and to use digital tools to express themselves, their excitement becomes tangible and long-lasting.” In this way learning is enhanced!
(Movie length: 21 minutes)
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New technologies have had a profound effect on the way we live, communicate and do business globally – particularly in the last 10 years…
We may be living through a Digital Revolution, but trying to understand many of the new technologies available can be daunting.
The ABC Technology Explained initiative aims to dispel the myths around new technologies and devices, and explore the kinds of journeys and possibilities they can and will take us on in an ever-changing, technology driven world.
As digital citizens, we live in a world where devices and applications deliver an increasing volume of information, faster, in more forms and available when we choose to consume or create, publish and share it with the rest of the world.
Television is now a truly multiplatform medium. This means you can watch programs on all sorts of devices from mobile phones and computer monitors, to giant LED screens in your living room. You also can control what, when and where you watch like never before. Internet TV services like ABC iView are accessible on all kinds of screens, and home media centres are sweeping away the traditional idea of the TV set.
Mobile phones have become one of the fastest spreading technologies in history. Soon, more people will connect to the Internet on their mobile and portable devices than from their desktop computers. Mobile devices allow us to access all of our digital needs from the palm of our hand, no matter where we are, making life more portable than ever.
The tremendous rise of Social Media tools like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube has vastly effected the way the world communicate. For hundreds of millions of people, of all ages, these tools provide a fast and simple way to share all kinds of information and connect with each other online.
These are just a few examples of core shifts that are occurring in our lives in the new digital world.
Of course, technology is changing all the time – and so on top of this there is a constant flurry of new trends to keep abreast with.
Whether you simply want to try Twitter or ABC iView for the first time, subscribe to your favourite radio program podcast, get tips on how to choose the right broadband plan for you, or find out more about newer, emerging technologies and devices.
Start by taking a look at one of 5 introductory videos on the new digital world – or browse ABC’s short features to discover new ways to Watch, Listen, Be Social and Be Online…