The digital world also referred to as our digital world is the world we create when connecting through technology and what that technology then enables us to do (Howell, 2012). Everyone’s digital world is different, and individuals can be a part of many different digital worlds for each circle of their life. We live in the digital world and students that are born into the new ‘digital age’ (Gallo, 2013) are learning how digital technologies have an integral role in society, and necessary for a student to succeed in education (Vaidyanathan, 2012).
Student’s that have been raised in the digital world are proficient with most technologies and their applications, however it is up to the teacher to introduce them to tools that help education. For this to happen the teacher needs to be the expert for the technologies and in-depth skills need to be developed for the digital applications to be successful (Howell, 2012). As a students’ digital world grows so does the responsibilities for the teacher and parents involved. If all areas of the student’s life are incorporated in the digital world students own digital world will become more rich and full of educational advantages (Dunn, 2012) as support is always available.
Access to these technologies and hence the digital world is also important, and schools are having to evolve to incorporate these needs (Vaidyanathan, 2012). A student’s experiences must be pleasant and engaging when using technology in the education circle; this will encourage further use and not hinder a student’s progress when these skills are expected later in life. The digital world is growing, and its applications are becoming more essential for success in the world (Howell, 2012), teachers have a responsibility to expose student’s to as much as possible and keep up with new technologies to ensure no student is left behind.
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