Our digital devices can give us access to a large amount of information, these devices perform multiple tasks that help us to use this information. Using one device as a tool, teachers can use locally relevant information to create their lessons (Kent, 2004). Students of today are ‘Digital Natives’, this means that for them, the use of technology is a regular and important part of daily life (Prensky, 2001). By allowing digital resources to infiltrate the classroom, teachers are able to improve their digital pedagogy, whilst providing students with engaging lessons (Howell, 2012, p. 9).
Below is two links depicting a primary school in the USA that has implemented digital technology by giving each student access to a tablet device to use in their schooling. Also how their bus fleet has added free Wi-Fi so the students can continue to learn whilst commuting to and from school.
Research conducted by Walsh (2009), found that when teachers could use appropriate digital resources to compliment traditional teaching resources, students who were previously less likely to actively participate in class discussion, began to change. She noted that these students, although at first hesitant, were able to learn new skills by observing their peers as they embraced the technology. Some quiet students became leaders in teaching others how to use the technology. This shows the positive impact digital convergence can have in modern classrooms (Walsh, 2009).
I believe that availability of technology is important for enhancing the learning experience of students. When students can use a device to accelerate their learning and remain engaged in the class, they will find that school is fun and meaningful. However, we need to remember that a digital pedagogy is crucial when using technology in the classroom, that we are not just using it because its available (Goh, 2014).
CBS Miami. (2015, August 17). WiFi, GPS Now On Many Dade School Buses. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CZETblPsKY
Goh, J. (2014, February 22). School’s in for digital learning. McNielage, A. (Ed). The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved from http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/schools-in-for-digital-learning-20140221-3379t.html
Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration and Creativity. South Melbourne. Oxford University Press.
Kent, P. (2004). Smartboards: Interactive Whiteboards in Classrooms. Embedding Learning Technologies Module 13. Retrieved from http://www2.lhric.org/eastchester/schools/hs/teachers/blaser/documents/InteractiveWhiteBoardsintheClassroom.pdf
Prensky, M. (2001). Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants. On the Horizon. MCB University Press, Vol. 9 No. 5. Retrieved from http://marcprensky.com/writing/Prensky%20-%20Digital%20Natives,%20Digital%20Immigrants%20-%20Part1.pdf
United Data Technologies. (2015, September 9). Miami Dade County Public Schools- Digital Convergence. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HSUgotNx50
Walsh, M. (2009). Pedagogic Potentials of Multimodal Literacy. ACU National, Australia. IGI Global. Retrieved from http://www.acu.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/195676/Chapter_3_Multimodal_Literacy_M_Walsh.pdf