I believe that educators who aspire to help their students become digitally fluent should be able to use a wide variety of digital technologies and tools. In order to keep up with the increasing demands of the modern digital world, it is important for teachers to engage in “life-long learning” (Howell, 2012, p. 13). This means continuously exploring new technologies and digital tools and finding ways to implement them in the classroom.
In the process of developing this blog on digital teaching and learning, I have gained a number of new digital skills and teaching insights that I plan to use in the classroom.
I used WordPress as a platform for my blog and found that a basic understanding of HTML helped me to get more out of this software. For example, I used HTML to manually indent paragraphs in the reference section of each blog post.
For a blog post on digital identities and digital security, I explored the use of Prezi, which is a presentation software used as an alternative to traditional slide-based presentation tools, such as PowerPoint. Prezi allowed me to create an engaging and visually appealing presentation.
To create an auditory post on the topic of digital fluency, I used a tool called Voki. With the help of Voki people can create a speaking animated character and give this character their own voice. I found that Voki is a great software that can be used by teachers to present information in a fun way or by students to do school assignments.
After successfully using WordPress, Prezi and Voki to develop my blog, I can think of many ways these digital tools and similar software can be used in teaching. I believe that implementing such tools in the classroom will make students more engaged; therefore, their learning will be more effective. It is crucial that I continue to enhance my knowledge of using different types of digital technology in the classroom in order to meet demands and expectations of students in the future (Howell, 2012).
Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital pedagogies for collaboration and creativity. Victoria:
Oxford University Press.