What is a digital world?
In this unit we learnt about the broad definition of the Digital World. The digital world is referred to as the growing technology in this new generation. Nowadays most of our interaction is technology based, whether for social, business, or education situations. Teachers are now needing to adapt to this new digital era. The world is becoming so advanced and the new generation is becoming expert in this area. However, for older generations, they certainly need to catch up.
Nonetheless, the digital world is very useful for education. This is because there are many more resources now to be able to complete work. An example of this is Piktochart. Using this digital tool, it provides students to be able to create digital posters to express their work in a creative way.
Interaction is now very advanced and digital. The social media (Facebook, Twitter etc.) and emailing enable for someone half way across the world to be able to teach individuals and express opinions. It is much easier for students to be able to contact their teachers through email, such as outlook and Hotmail. This is very beneficial to the student as they are able to get help 24/7. Also, social media is very useful as you may have contact with other peers, these situations may include; group work or simply needing help from one another.
Digital identities and digital security
During week two we had covered digital identities and digital security. This was a very useful topic as I use social media and everyone can benefit from this topic. A digital identity is the identity an individual has on social media. This is completely media based and is the impression of the outlook of your profile. This identity includes; photos, videos, and content. A person who is considered well-mannered, digital identity wise, will have a good use of language on their social media. However, one who is not considered well-mannered will have a very vulgar social media profile.
Even though social media is a very positive, influential tool, it can be negative. This is because of the security breaches and risks a person may have by putting their personalised information online. Public information such as date of birth, name, and address may provide someone with enough information to be able to locate an individual. This is a very dangerous privacy breach. Also, if private, hackers are still able to easily get into social Medias such as; Facebook and Twitter. Identities can also be stolen online and fake accounts can be made to humiliate a person. Therefore, this is why digital security procedures are very important to follow, as most websites urge users to not post private details online.
Participation and Digital Divide
Participating is engaging and taking part in an activity. In classes participation is essential. This is because it engages the student. Being in a class, many questions are asked back and forth, this encourages thinking and wondering within the topic and therefore gives connections with the content. This includes, repeating, writing on the board, and not calling the student who certainly knows the answer. Also, participation provides teaches feedback from their students. Attaining somewhat of feedback from students assures the teacher of the extent of their understanding. This is very beneficial as, at this stage, teachers are able to help their students and correct any misunderstandings they may have. Participation encourages social interactions. Students may throw their opinions back and forth with their peers. This includes group discussions and work.
Digital divide is the division of two groups, the ones who are able to attain digital resources, and those who are not. These resources include modern information and communications technology. Modern information is recent information, such as; 2014 findings, statistics, and images. Not having access to this information can result in work not being recent or reliable. Communications technology includes; social medias, email, and texting. These are all very vital to have access to as it is much easier to be in contact with people via technology rather than be restricted to letters or phone calls. This is because technology communications are very much more reliable and fast. Therefore, having a digital divide really minimises ones capability and access to information, as it gains for people who have access to the digital world.
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