What is a digital world?

What is digital world?

How is your digital world?

How would you define the term ‘digital world’? To me digital world means, the way we use technology in our lives. Living in a digital world is being able to accept that our world is changing and it is becoming more and more technology focus. More people are starting to use smartphones, laptops, tablets and IPads. Allowing digital devices to help with our day-to-day living and activities is essential, and accepting the fact that technology is becoming a big part of our world. Some examples of using technology in our daily activities are, using your smartphone as an alarm, using a navigation device to find your way around places, skyping family overseas or interstate. These are only a few ideas of how we use digital devices in our world.

Below is a video spoken by Abha Dawesar, She speaks about living in the digital now world and how our lives have become fixated on the drive to digital connection and how we may miss out on the real of the world (Dawesar,2013)

Gallo (2013) a school counsellor stated that “Today’s adolescents have grown up in a world revolving around digital technology’

Many of today’s young people have been labelled digital natives because of their heavy reliance and use of the Internet and digital technology (Gallo, 2013)

Living in a world where digital technologies are available in most places is a significant sign of what our world is coming to. As humans, we need to be ready to accept the changes and to embrace the use of technologies.

Are you ready to accept and embrace the “Digital World” we live in? This is just something to think about as you go on your everyday adventures. Have a think how often you use digital technologies in your live?


Dawesar, A. (2013, June). Living in the digital now. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/abha_dawesar_life_in_the_digital_now?language=en

Gallo, L. (2013, June 3). Living in the digital world. [Web blog page]. Retrieved from http://now.uiowa.edu/2013/06/living-digital-world


Digital Curator

Being a digital Curator
I bet your thinking what is a digital curator?
What does it mean “Being a digital curator”? Well there is so much information available on the internet these days, that it would take us hours and days to filter through all of it. That is where a ‘Curator’ comes in to help. The internet is not getting smaller that is for sure, as a matter of fact it is increasing rapidly every day.

There are many different types of curators. The whole idea behind “being a curator” is that there is such an overload of information going through the Internet pipes these days that being aware of all of it and sorting it out in meaningful ways is simply impossible.
Being a digital curator, are people or organizations that do the hard work of sorting and filtering through the information within a certain topic and they pull out the important and useful information.

A good curator must be skilled at:
• locating and evaluating valuable content
• organizing and connecting content so that it is as accessible as possible
• creating and re-purposing content when it adds to the underlying value
• capitalizing on the Social Web to build connections and context
• building trusted relationships with learners and other curators
• design learning experiences (in a much broader sense than traditional approaches) (Cobb, 2010)

Watch this video, it gives some good information about becoming an effective digital curator.

Many teachers have started to use digital curation to filter their information. This is so that they can provide their students with additional information around specific subject areas (Flintoff, Mellow and Clark, 2014)
Cobb, J (2010). Who are your content curators? Retrieved from http://www.missiontolearn.com/2010/03/content-curator/

Credible you. (2014, January 7). How to be an effective digital curator – Course introduction. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoFFCMoL1As

Flintoff, K., Mellow, P. & Clark, K. P. (2014). Digital curation: Opportunities for learning, teaching, research and professional development. In transformative, innovative and engaging. Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 30-31 January 2014. Perth: The University of Western Australia. Retrieved from http://ctl.curtin.edu.au/events/conferences/tlf/tlf2014/refereed/flintoff.html

Digital Fluency

Digital Fluency

How would you rate your digital fluency?

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

1: Being a not so confident digital user and 10: Being an extremely confident digital user.

What does digital fluency mean to you? Is it knowing how to switch on a computer and use various programs or is it being able to rebuild a computer’s hard drive? There is a fine line to digital fluency.

Here is a definition of the term digital fluency: “It is the ability to use and understand many aspects of technologies (Howell, 2012)

Being digital fluent all depends on an individual. There is no right or wrong answer about being digitally fluent. We all have our own personal level of digital fluency, some might more advanced as other but they still have a digital fluency skill.

As teachers it is very important to have a basic understanding of the skills used when it comes to technologies. With the way the world is growing in technologies these days, we as teachers need to make sure that we keep up with the basic skills. We as teachers need to shift from the old way of teaching and get ourselves prepared for the new way of teaching with technology. Have a listen to this video. This video is aimed at educators, but is great for all listens.

Howell (2012) states that by the time a child reaches the end of year 4 they should have basic computer skills. Students would have already had 4 years of formal schooling by this stage. The student should all have a set of similar skills in regards to digital technologies (Howell, 2012). It is certain that there will be students that will have different abilities and skills but most of the students will have a basic set of skills when it comes to digital fluency.

Have a read of this article, its talks about the digital skills young people have today. http://www.theguardian.com/social-enterprise-network/2013/aug/02/young-people-fluent-digital


Hawker Bronlow Education. (2013, February 28). Literacy is not enough: 21st Century Fluencies for the digital Age. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8DEeR1sraA

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration & Creativity, Victoria Australia: Oxford