Through digital technology we are contributing to a world of lifelong learners, effective learning in school that is rich in digital technologies will ensure learning longer through life (Howell, 2012). No longer does learning stop when we leave school or university, instead we are being equipped with the skills needed for the careers of today and given the tools to apply them to life. Through the use of digital technology and easy access to the internet we can continue to learn and improve our existing skills, we can find the information we require at the touch of a button and the list of information we find is endless, we make choices on the types of information we need based on what we are looking for, however sites such as youtube allow us to watch video`s giving us the confidence to problem solve on our own. In today`s society if we here someone say ” I don`t know how to do that” the usual response is “google it”! No longer do we have to call professionals to come into our homes to fix things, we just type the question into a search bar and almost instantly answers to our questions appear!. As an educator it is my repsonsibility to provide students with the tools to enable them to succeed in life, this can be done through varied learning experiences and technologies. The role of the educator is to keep up to date with current teaching practises and reflect on own teaching style.
As user`s of digital technology we have developed a love for the internet, it has brought us many advantages such as social networking sites, we can now keep in touch with family and friends all over the world, we can shop anywhere in the world, pay bills, work collaboratively on homework and projects all this from the touch of a button in the comfort of our own homes! However all this does not come without problems and risks, something that we all need to be aware of, through the use of the internet our identities can be compromised due to all the information that we provide on the internet about ourselves, the family and friends we are befriending do we really know them?, when paying bills and buying online who has access to our information? is it protected?, working with peers on school projects is this really what happening?
The next time that you use the internet ask yourself the question “Are you safe?”.
Identity Theft click the Tips to protect your identity
Are you safe on the internet?
What really are the risks?
Is it happening to you?
Here is a site with some ways to help http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/teens/how%20do%20I%20deal%20with/cyberbullying.aspx
Is facebook a good idea or not? Some information to help you decide! http://www.surfnetkids.com/tech/1535/pros-and-cons-of-facebook/