Digital Teachers

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Figure 1: Robot Teacher (Soffar, 2016)

As digital blurring occurs, the need to develop a more pronounces position as a teacher in the digital world becomes a larger priority. Being a digital teacher simple means integrating technology into your classroom as an educational tool. While studying the unit “Technology to engage learners” at Curtin University I came to understand that there are five key elements to being a digital teacher. These are:

  • To embrace digital blurring. As the line between the physical and digital world are continually blurring, teachers need to embrace this change by adapting teaching methods to match the learning needs of the new generation. We can do this by using social media platforms as methods of peer communication and peer learning as well as using gamins as a tool for education.
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Figure 2: RuneScape Teaching economics (RuneScape, personal communication, 2016)
  • To encourage life long learning. As the digital age grows larger, more students are becoming dependent on digital technologies such as mobiles, laptops and the internet. To become digital teacher, rather than dismiss these new technologies we need to harness their ability to capture students’ attention and use it in our classrooms to promote lifelong learning. Access to digital technologies allows for students to learn in a way that s flexible, diverse and available anytime and anywhere (Lifelong Learning Council Queensland Inc, 2016). By encouraging lifelong learning through the use of digital technologies (such as search engines or khan academy) we mould students into those that are “motivated to learn and develop because they WANT to” (skillsyouneed.com, n.d.)
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Figure 3: Google Search Engine (google.com, 2017)
  • To use digital technologies to engage students. The digital age has provided teachers with countless different resources that can assist in engaging students and capturing their attention. Some of these resources include, but are not limited to, TED-Ed, Mathletics and Prezi. To be a teacher in the digital age it is important to make use of these resources in classrooms.
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Figure 4: Prezi (Prezi, 2017)
  • To properly evaluate digital technology and online resources. To be a digital teacher you must use digital technologies in classrooms. Now, to be a successful digital teacher you must know how to properly evaluate digital technologies and web content before you use them in the classroom to endure they are meeting your predetermined learning foals. There are many different resources available to teachers to help them evaluate their digital technologies and online resources, one of them being TIM (available at https://fcit.usf.edu/matrix/matrix/). Some reachers may chose to use resources that are pre-made and some may chose to create their own variances, as I have done in figure 5.
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Figure 5: Personal Rubric for evaluating technologies
  • To be aware of digital issues. Everything in life has its pros and cons, for example the beach is a great place to relax but sometimes you can get sunburnt. That being said, there are ways to get around being sunburnt at the beach and that is to use sunscreen and be sun smart. Like my example, the use of digital technologies in the classroom is a good resource for teachers but with any pro, there are cons. In this case the con is digital issues like cyberbullying. Being aware of digital issues is an important aspect of being a digital teacher as it gives you the ability to see problems in using technology and make attempts to solve these problems.

With the digital age growing larger the demand for digital teachers is also growing exponentially. The five important aspects I have outlined address what I need to do to become a successful digital teacher.

REFERENCES

Google.com. (2017). Google search engine. Retrieved from http://www.google.com.au

Lifelong Learning Council Queensland Inc. (2016). What is lifelong learning. Retrieved from http://www.llcq.org.au/01_cms/details.asp?ID=12

Prezi. (2017). Prezi. Retrieved from https://prezi.com/

Skillsyouneed.com. (n.d.). Lifelong learning. Retrieved from https://www.skillsyouneed.com/learn/lifelong-learning.html

Soffar, H. (2016). Robot teacher. Retrieved from http://www.online-sciences.com/robotics/robot-teachers-uses-advantages-and-disadvantages/

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