In today’s digital society, technology has become a vital tool to every individual’s day-to-day lives. As a developing teacher and an individual, technological devices, particularly mobile phones, has become an extensive source of my day-to-day communication with my friends and family, as a primary way to gather information for my university works and provide interactive platforms like social medias to keep me updated and connected in both virtual and physical worlds. Such an example of dependency to technological devices resulted to acquirement of universal skills that created an obscure line between the individual’s personal and professional life, also known as the phenomenon of “digital blurring.” This phenomena allow both students and teachers to use the skills and apply the knowledge that they acquire and learn within their personal life towards their learning and professional settings.
How teachers can take advantage of the “digital blurring” phenomenon to maximise student’s learning in the digital classroom?
In Jason Brown TEDtalk speech in 2016, he explored and discussed the importance for teachers to utilise the existence of technology in today’s classroom to motivate, engage and inspire students to learn. Jason Brown points out the significant impact of different websites in the Internet that can create an inclusive learning environment by providing different insights that students can acquire from different experts online, as well as giving students the sense of empowerment in their learning, as they are independently navigating their way through within the unit contents with the help of technology that will cater to the aspect of diversity in student learning. In this way, students are given the chance to demonstrate and utilise the skills that they are familiar with that will facilitate a meaningful learning for students as they are learning in an authentic way.
Technology integration in the classroom also significantly create a creative and collaborative learning environment for students (Howell, 2015). As students in the digital age demand for an interactive and creative way to acquire knowledge, using traditional pedagogies will certainly not cater for their learning demands. Therefore, incorporating technology in their learning will dramatically increase their engagement and classroom participation, as using technology caters for their young adolescents needs and interest (Downes & Bishop, 2012). Such as the use of game-based teaching strategy, that will cater for students that have interest within the field of gaming, while also making the learning experience interactive even for students who do not.
In conclusion, I think that digital blurring is an advantage that educators can significantly use in today’s digital world that can maximise student’s learning by making it empowering and meaningful, as students are using their real-life experiences and skills that will significantly give an authentic understanding of the learning concepts.
Downes J.M., & Bishop, P. (2012). Educators engage digital natives and learn from their experiences with technology. Middle School Journal, 43(5), 6-15.
Howell, J. (2015). Digital Blurring- How do we Teach in an Increasingly Converging World. Curtin University, 1-11. Retrieved from http://link.library.curtin.edu.au/ereserve/DC60272021/0?display=1
TEDxTalks. (2016, March 28). Redefining Learning & Teaching using Technology.| Jason Brown | TEDxNorwichED [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOTEQVYDPpg