We are living in a digital world where computers and technology are at the forefront of our every day lives. This digital world is rapidly changing people and workplaces are increasingly reliant on computers and technology. Due to this, jobs are now requiring a more diverse range of knowledge, skills and attitudes (Pillay, 2004). In order to keep up to date with changing technologies educators are now required to adopt a digital pedagogy (Howell, 2012, p. 5).
In order to appreciate how far technology has come within classrooms, I found it interesting to take a look back in the past. Technology has come so far in less than 100 years. The radio was the first piece of technology introduced into the classrooms back in the 1920s. Overhead projectors were introduced in the 1930s then photocopiers in 1959 (The Evolution of Technology in the Classroom, 2016). The majority of student based work during that time was handwritten on slate, paper or in books. Fast-forward to 2016 and times have changed dramatically. Students are now heavily reliant on computers and tablets to complete their written work or assignments (Rivera, 2015).
However, having access to all this technology in classrooms does not mean that students will be better equipped for life in the digital world. Paul from Pear Tree Education states this in his You Tube Video ‘How to use technology in education’ by stating; “Technology is not the solution to 21st Century Education. Technology is simply a tool to aid education and learning” (2013). As a student studying early childhood education, I need to be aware of the changing digital technologies in our world and ensure that I incorporate digital technologies into my pedagogical practices so that my students will be better equipped for this digital world.
Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT, Digital Pedagogies for Collaboratin and Creativiity. South Melbourne, VIC: Oxford University Press.
Pear Tree Education Inc. (2013, January 21). How to use technology in education (21st Century education)[Video File]. Retrieved March 24, 2016, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFIR3Jy9xuw
Pillay, H. B.-L. (2004). Changing workplace environments: Implications for higher education. Educational Research Journal (19(1)), 17.
Rivera, D. (2015, November 24). Digital Classrooms 2016. Retrieved March 24, 2016, from https://edtechdigest.wordpress.com/2015/11/24/digital-classrooms-2016/
The Evolution of Technology in the Classroom. (2016). Retrieved March 24, 2016, from http://online.purdue.edu/ldt/learning-design-technology/resources/evolution-technology-classroom