⏱ 15-20 minute activity
Defining Digital Technology and Digital Learning
Digital technologies are electronic tools, systems, devices and resources that generate, store or process data. Well known examples include social media, online games, multimedia and mobile phones. Digital learning is any type of learning that uses technology.
“Digital learning is any type of learning that is accompanied by technology or by instructional practice that makes effective use of technology. It encompasses the application of a wide spectrum of practices, including blended and virtual learning” – “Teaching with Digital Technologies”. 9cwww.education.vic.gov.au
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Focusing on what you know about digital technology, make an inventory or a mind map about the benefits of digital technology for you as a teacher and as an individual (pick only one of the templates, either slide 5 or slide 6!). You can also use pen and paper for this exercise, so long as you attach a photo of your work on the slides or PDF when you submit your output at the end of the course.
💡 Other Resources
As an additional resource, we recommend watching this 9-minute video about The Role of ICT in Education. This video dates back to 2012 but still is very relevant today.
“This film focuses on how the development of ICT has worked to change perspectives, attitudes and practices in the contemporary classroom. The film highlights a range of opinions, both positive and negative, towards technology; while enforcing key pedagogical theory as to how ICT can be most effectively applied to an effective learning environment.”