Digital issues and the nature of schooling the digital age
There are a number of digital issues in the contemporary environment and the nature of schooling in the digital age has changed as a result (Bayam, 2015). Digital issues can be described as concerns that affect digital apparatuses or experiences and also one that can cause divide amongst those who have access to it. The nature of schooling in the digital age is one that incorporates the fundamentals of digital technology within the modern classroom setting (Tyner, 2014). The modern classroom as well as the modern school grants access to digital endeavours and facilitate the learning processes by driving digital technologies. There are however, various amounts of issues present in the modern digital schooling environment (Bayam, 2015). As previously discussed, there are some issues pertaining to accessibility and sociodemographic variables which impact upon ones learning experience (Williamson, 2013). Likewise, not all schools have the same funding and access to digital technologies, notwithstanding the continuation of training for teachers to be kept up to date with the rapid changing environment as a result of digital technology (Williamson, 2013).
Education providers conform to curriculums, students adhere to programs and parents often purchase the necessaries that are required by the school. This system assumes that the order is correct whilst failing to accurately address the caveats of digital issues. Not all students have the same access, while not all schools obtain the same technology and not all guardians can afford the technology required. The end result is that digital technologies are not equally distributed or shared equally amongst students and schools, allowing for a separation between the curriculum, the school and the student (Buckingham, 2013). The bring your own device (BYOD) as oppose to the lockdown model, is a case in point that illustrates the future of governance and how it will impact on students (Lee et al., 2016), concerns about affordability and accessibility are two components of many factors that contribute to the issues of today’s digital age at schools.
Technology offers a pathway for teachers to reignite creativity within the classroom. Teachers now have access to a plethora of online resources, games and activities to allow students to express themselves in the most creative ways possible. The goal is not to ensure that students are merely creative, but to control the creativeness to inspire learning and other education related goals (Williamson, 2013). The digital age brings about many changes and will continue to do so, it is important that schools and teachers alike, understand some of these changes and create the right environment to expose students to their maximum learning potential.
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