How do the six digital skills do affects the learners in using technology?
There is a widespread belief among teachers that students’ constant use of digital technology is hampering their attention spans and ability to persevere in the face of challenging tasks.
These digital skills, by means of technology changes the students and teachers roles, wherein students use technology as a tool or support for communicating with others. Students are in an active role rather than the passive role of recipient of information transmitted by a teacher, textbook, or broadcast. This digital skill increases the motivation and self-esteem of the students. It also develops the technical skills, where the students acquire an impressive level of skill with a broad range of computer software. Students were able to handle more complex assignments and do more with higher-order skills because of the supports and capabilities provided by technology. Teachersobserved the increase inclination on the part of students to work cooperatively and to provide peer tutoring. It also increased the use of outside resources. Lastly, it improves designing skills.
Over the past several decades there have been great advances in the world of technology. It is important for educators to keep up with the current trends and innovations. While technology for technology’s sake should never be the answer, it is important to know what is available and how it can be used in the classroom. Today’s classrooms are filled with students of varying learning styles and interests. Technology can be an important tool in bridging the gap between student interest and teacher knowledge.
Technology literacy, knowing about technology, will not be the norm. Technology fluency, being able to use technology, will be the standard. As more information is made accessible via the internet it becomes more important for tomorrow’s students to know how to access that information and how to use it.
Technology is used in many aspects of our daily lives, so we must prepare our future citizens to effectively use current technology. We must also instill these same students with the imagination to take today’s technology and develop it into tomorrow’s innovation.