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What is a Digital World?

The year is 1992, I was suddenly plonked into the fast paced, high expectation, daunting High school world, from the security of Primary school.  We had six hours and approximately eight subjects to get through a day.  One of those subjects was Secretarial digital-nativeStudies, where we used Electronic Typewriters to learn touch typing directly onto paper.

Within a year my school purchased approximately six PCs to be used for computer based subjects only.  We learnt to use the programs Paint, and Word Pad. As years passed the internet was finally introduced, in my senior year, our exposure to the digital world was swift and scary. The ‘father of the internet’, Tim Berners-Lee (2003), reflected  “There was a time when people felt tTim Berners Leehe internet was another world, but now people realise it’s a tool that we use in this world.” The digital world is infinite and perpetually developing, making the recent past seem like ancient history.

According to Prensky (2001) there is a shorter span today between learning and meaningful action.  I can date, shop or begin a University Degree all from my lounge room.  Teachers and students benefit from a sense of community and access to broad sources, resources and materials, that weren’t available before this ‘digital world’ evolved.


Due to the ever increasing and changing role technology has on everyday living, and in the most, seemingly, minute and expansive ways, educators must have fresh knowledge of the trends surrounding them. Eady & Lockyer (2013) describe technology as a resource that teachers use to help facilitate a student’s learning.  It has always been around in one form or another, harnessing the changes is what is essential to educators.

This video is of an amusing segment on the Ellen Degenerous show, demonstrating just how far we’ve, recently, progressed:

A sneak peak into the future classroom:

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Eady, M., & Lockyer, L. (2013). Tools for learning: technology and teaching strategies. Retrieved from

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Participation and the digital divide

I recently read an article titled “Bridging the digital divide” on (2014), which mentioned the practice, in Australia, of shared wireless broadband connections in housing estates, unit complexes etc.  This trial was an effort to lessen the one in five households not accessing the internet, a concern, of David Spriggs, (CEO of technology and social justice group Infoxchange).  According to Mr Spriggs, if people cannot access the internet, issues such as unemployment from not being able to access jobs online and/or government services, will negatively impact the individual and community at large.   In order to combat the issues using a shared wireless network in closely grouped low income housing would benefit the community by creating opportunity.


Also discussed in the article, is the problem of relatively high costs of equipment and accessing the internet, in low income communities, restricting participation. This creates a divide of have’s and have-not’s.  Initiatives like shared wireless, and businesses and individuals who are eager to help by supplying refurbished equipment to low income families, the inequality is decreasing.digital_divide

In a similar article in March 2014, about the digital divide, Tony Brandenburg (President of the Australian Council for Computers in Education) sums up the problem by saying “Access everywhere is an issue because not everybody is as fortunate as everybody else” highlighting the recurring have/have-not issue.

According to J. Howell (2014) schools are increasingly asked to bridge the digital divide between affordability and opportunities because of the increasing demand, in the workforce, to use a broad range of technology efficiently, and also employers are being more digitally expectant of their employees.

digitaldivideGlobally, it is humbling to see people like Nicholas Negroponte, actioning his One Laptop per Child dream in third world countries.  Below is the witty explanation of his initiative to bring technology to remote and very poor countries in Africa. It brings to light the vast advantages of equipping everyone with technology to advance their health and social service access and improve liveability overall.

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Bentley, P. (2014, July 2). Lack of affordable broadband creating ‘digital divide’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved from

Howell, J. (2014). Chapter 4 Digital expectancy: It’s all about behaviour. In Teaching with ICT Digital Pedagodgy for Collaboration and Creativity (3rd ed., p. 55). Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.

TED talks. (2007, December). Nicholas Negroponte: One Laptop per Child, two years on | TED Talk | [Video file]. Retrieved from

UNESCO. (2003, September 29). digitaldivide [Photograph]. Retrieved from

Digital curation

As a future educator, it is guaranteed, that online media and resources will be used every day in my classroom due to the increasing need to participate in the digital world, though digital curation doesn’t have a solid meaning.   digital-curation - CopyStudents and teachers alike will have a gamut of information at their fingertips, however, as with anything, there will be reliable but, also, substandard information out there.  Using digital curation siphons the quality of information and content available for immediate reliable use (Flintoff, et al., 2014).

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An increasingly popular site to use for information and to curate is  In 2013, Johnson discovered collates work from online publications into a magazine format, giving an effective visual impact.  Both powerful and flexible in its incorporation of multiple, familiar, social media tools, also, being mobile via apps across a range of



mobile peripherals.  A student can pick up their mobile and access the app to research topics relevant to their class lessons, becoming a digital citizen and lifelong learner simultaneously.


I have been reading and skimming through many blogs and articles on digital curation, and by far is the most commonly used, though there are many more available that serve different purposes, that and have different formats and tools.



Pinterest is another very popular site, a virtual pin-board for sharing information, that is user-friendly, and I have personally used for a couple of years on and off, without realising I was curating information as I was using it.  Ellen Verbakel (2013) describes digital curation as the preserving of data once it has been created for future reuse.
The benefits of digital curation, especially for education, means there is a digital library to access twenty-four-seven, and knowledge to share worldwide.  As a new university student, I am finding curation to be incredibly valuable for my assessments; I can go straight to the source without sifting through the lesser-quality sites.

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Below is a short collaboration of scholars who give their definition on digital curation and its meaning:



Dale, S. (2014, November 3). [Photograph]. Retrieved from

DigCurV. (2013, May 23). What is Digital Curation? [Video file]. Retrieved from

Flintoff, K., Mellow, P., & Pickett Clark, K. (2014). TL Forum 2014: Flintoff, Mellow and Clark – Digital curation: Opportunities for learning, teaching, research and professional development. Retrieved from

Resource 1 & Evaluation Matrix

Resource 1:

I used a program I am somewhat familiar with in Powerpoint.  I find Powerpoint effective and easy to use, though it is becoming a little outdated against the software available now. I saved it as a video and uploaded to for easy viewing.  Unfortunately, the notes are lost this way, as were the sound effects.  However, I discovered I could add annotations and music to the show on youtube, so combining the two applications I believe I came up with a decent resource:


Evaluation Matrix for Resource 1:



All photo’s were sourced from google images library.

ACARA. (2015, December). Australian Curriculum Content. Retrieved from



Resource 2 & Evaluation Matrix

Resource 2:

After looking in the Australian Curriculum for year 3 English requirements, and simultaneously googling and trialing different game creators, I instead settled on the fun and engaging movietext.  I found it would encompass the curriculum whilst communicating my expectations of the students,in a fun and engaging way.

Evaluation Matrix for Resource 2:

Name of teaching resource

Classroom Monitor Expectations – Star Wars Theme

Weblink (if web based)

Who should this digital teaching resource be used with?

Especially made for Year 3 students, to express the expectations of the classroom, and rewarding good behaviour with responsibility.

How should it be used?

To be used on a Monday morning during morning circle.  I would get the children to recite the words as it scrolls.

Which subject or learning area would it be most appropriate to use in?

I created this presentation for English in general, but would be beneficial for ACELY1678 – Purpose and Audience.

Identify the strengths of this teaching resource

Using popular visual and audio the presentation engages the audience, inviting interaction and attention with reading, class recitation and participation building confidence and encouraging performance and turn taking.

Identify any weaknesses of this teaching resource

I was unable to adjust timing of the scrolling, so I had to heavily edit the content in order for it to be readable.

Explain any ideas you may have for further use of this teaching resource

English ACELA1475– Language variation and change (Year 3)

English – ACELA1483 – Visual Language (Year 3)

Or edit to fit almost any lesson plan.


ACARA. (2015, December). Australian Curricumlum Content. Retrieved from



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