In brief, the digital world is a way of life, of working, of learning and of teaching where digital technology is used to heighten our goals, our needs, our objectives and our desires (Wood, 2012).
In my research, I determined that without effective digital technology being taught to children or “digital natives” in our schools, our understanding and knowledge of digital technologies will not move forward nor will it keep up with the speed at which it is increasing (Howell, 2012). I discovered that just by having access to the internet, I am always learning, therefore I need to be able to adapt and become apart of the digital world otherwise I risk being left behind and effectively hindering my learning (Howell, 2012).
According to Chan (2015) we live in a world where people are more connected than ever before, predominantly by mobile technologies. This creates a world where instant gratification is the norm and as stated by Soltan (2016) “as our technology moves faster, our patience grows thinner.” By becoming used to instant gratification in the digital world, this can lead to poor choices and major frustrations in the real world (Soltan, 2016).
I have also ascertained that living a life consumed by technology has become part of the culture for digital natives and one that is foreign to some parents and educators. Many adults are inadequately able to handle the intricacies that may arise (Gallo, 2013). I have found myself in this same situation as digital technology does not come easy to me being a “digital immigrant”. What I have established though, is that by engaging students in the digital world by being “hands on” and using iPods, iPads, tablets, PC’s, social media, internet, smart phones and smart TV’s, I can effectively advance their learning and help them connect to the digital world (Gallo, 2013).
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