Should we or shouldn’t we???

Like I mentioned in my last blog post, I think there are definitely times when ICT is not required in the classroom. As I have said already, there are many times where, as an art teacher, I’ve asked for iPads to be left outside the classroom so as to limit distractions and just because they are not needed for the task I have chosen for the lesson. The Silicon Valley Waldorf school has taken drastic measures to limit technology, however, would this really be detrimental to the students? Many of these students (as referred to in the article) are the children of some of the top tech executives in the world. One would question whether these children get enough opportunity to use technology outside the classroom, that limiting it within it, would not cause them limitations. Even though technology and developing good digital literacy and citizenship is important, I don’t think we can forget the bare mechanics of education – writing, reading, basic maths, creativity. I also think its wonderful to have diversity in education so that if a parent sees the need to send their child to a school that has certain religious beliefs, creative or sporting pursuits, or a technological emphasis, they have the choice to do so.

Terry Heick (2014) penned the following definition of Digital Literacy “Digital literacy is the ability to interpret and design nuanced communication across fluid digital forms.” (taken from: http://www.teachthought.com/technology/the-definition-of-digital-literacy/). This article offers some interesting ideas regarding the changing definition of digital literacy. Literacy is about understanding and digital literacy relates to making sense of the digital world around us. In the classroom this can take place by students learning how to make sense of digital information, not just website based information, but information found on social media or from apps. I see a major part of teaching digital literacy in the classroom as trying to eliminate the ‘cut and paste’ culture that has become so entrenched in our students, but is really limiting there ability to understand and prove their understanding of information.

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