Digital Culture In The Classroom


Education is considered one of the most important aspects of civilisation. It provides the foundation for preparing young people for the future. As technology grows and develops, its presence not only in the education system but also in society is inevitable. The use of technology in the classroom is not a separate notion but rather a tool to integrate into teaching methods to further develop the skills and knowledge of students.

So what is the digital culture in the classroom? Through technology a community is evolving where students and teachers from around the world are combining ideas to offer children the most best education possible. In my last post I mentioned the online game Mathletics, which allows students from a variety of countries to learn maths by completing activities based on curriculums and then competing against one another by testing the maths skills learnt. Games such as this one…

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  1. As far as I can remember, technology has always been prevalent in my classrooms. In middle school, it was a treat whenever the mobile computer lab was present in our room or when we were able to go up and use the Smartboard. High school was a time of iPad mobile labs and even more excitement when we were able to play on the Smartboard. A year after I graduated high school, every student in the school district that I attended, grades 3-12, received a Chromebook to use in class. And in 2014, kids K-2 received iPads. I find this trend of digital technology in the classroom becoming more personalized as the years go on.
    As you had mentioned, with the use of technology in the classroom, the curriculum has to be adapted to fit the needs of the ‘new world.’ This is what makes me think and wonder. How does this new way of teaching affect old practices. I remember in third grade we started learning how to write in cursive. I don’t even know if they teach that anymore. Will cursive become a long, lost practice? What about handwriting in general? With kindergarteners getting iPads – and kids even younger learning how to use tablets and phones—who needs to learn how to write? On the flip side, older teachers have to learn this new technology to keep up with the current curriculum. How does this technology affect them?
    I found this article that talks about a proposal for some British primary schools to have their students learn how to tweet and blog. It also gives some insight on what opposing forces think. It might be an interesting read.

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