Technology is an up-and-coming thing in the educational world. Almost all of my classes that pertain to education have taught me that technology should be, and is, used in the classroom quite a bit! Children seem to learn well by using technology, since they have been immersed in it from such a young age.
What is digital literacy? Digital literacy can be defined as the ability to use information and communication technologies to: find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills. It is basically being able to use technology to solve problems, answer questions, and to help you find information quicker and easier. Technology makes it so you can find any information you would ever need at the touch of a button. To be able to be digitally literate, you have to be digitally fluent. Digital fluency is the ability to effectively understand how to interpret technology. It is being able to use technology as well as being able to teach someone how to use technology.
I believe that teachers should be both digitally literate and digitally fluent. Since technology is now very important in every one’s lives, they should be able to use if effectively in their classrooms.
Personally, I think that I am decently technologically sound, but there is always more to learn. All throughout middle and high school each student was provided with their own laptop, so I grew up learning how to use them pretty well. I also took a class called Educational Technology and I learned a lot from it! We learned how to use SmartBoard technology, many different websites, how to do flipped lessons, etc. We even built our own website in Educational Technology. I am very excited to see what I learn this semester, I have no idea what to expect! I am open to learning anything that I can to improve myself as a future teacher! I’ve already learned quite a bit from having to figure out how to use this blog, I haven’t ever blogged before. I have used twitter quite a bit, so I am familiar with that, which has been helpful so far in this class! I think that to become effective digital learners and leaders we should try every thing we can to keep up with technology. I know there are many different workshops and classes you can take to learn about the new things out there. I am very excited to see what I end up learning this semester!