Final Reflection


(Future Children School, 2016).

The digital word has shown me extensive possibilities for learning and skill development that I have utilised as a digital immigrant to create my blog (Howell, 2012). This journey has highlighted how determined I am to become more digitally fluent and grow with confidence through hands on experiences within the digital world (Howell, 2012).

My experience with WordPress had a bumpy start and I had to watch a few Youtube “how to” videos to further develop my understanding. Initially, I accidently published my blog as public and that did upset my confidence as I wasn’t ready to share my work with the wider global community (Howell, 2012).  Through using WordPress, I have successfully created my own digital artefact and have strengthened my digital fluency (Howell, 2012). I can appreciate how platforms such as WordPress can be an interactive learning opportunity for homework or discussions.

I looked at Voki for the auditory component but I wanted to have a visual background to link with the audio. Moovly gave me the platform I was seeking. I found this program really easy to use and simply followed the help tips that popped up on the screen. I have successfully used a combination of multimedia forms to present my work (Howell, 2012).

Sway has given me an opportunity to engage in creative activities that I feel will result in the active participation of my audience (Howell, 2012). I found this platform immensely enjoyable and found it hard to end my presentation as I just wanted to continually add more information for my global audience (Howell, 2012).

Throughout my work on my blog, it has emphasised the importance of having a digital pedagogy within the classroom environment and that as a pre-service teacher I should engage in a wide range of digital technologies and seek out their educational applications to build my knowledge (Howell, 2012). This will ensure that the digital divide between myself and my students will be minimal and we can explore and appreciate the digital world together and enjoy the benefits of being life-long learners (Howell, 2012).


(Pinterest, n.d.).


Future Children School. (2016). Reflections [Image]. Retrieved from

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration and Creativity. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Pinterest. (n.d.). Unique Teaching Resources [Image]. Retrieved from



Participation and The Digital Divide. Visual Summation: Week 4

Digital divide wordcloud concept illustration

(Depositphotos, n.d.).

Follow the link to the Sway presentation focusing on participation and the digital divide:



(Depositphotos, n.d.).

This image highlights strategies that encourage digital participation within the classroom environment and the digital divide between our generations.


Curatti. (n.d.). Generation C: Bridging The Digital Divide [Image]. Retrieved from

Depositphotos. (n.d.). Digital divide word cloud concept illustration – stock image [Image]. Retrieved from

Digital Identity and Security. Auditory Summation: Week 2


(Roksolana, n.d.).

Follow the link to the Moovly presentation focusing on digital identity and security:


Also view the following presentation on digital tattoo’s and identity:

Click the link: This website gives practical information about achieving Digital Security

Following is the script for my Moovly audio summation:

Digital identity is your online persona and is linked to your digital footprint. This is what we leave behind, a virtual trail of where we have been in the digital world. These behaviors and interactions form one’s digital identity. Our digital identity comprises of usernames/passwords, online search history, purchasing behaviors and online interactions (Techopedia, n.d.). Tranberg (2013), argues that your online identity is your online reputation and we should implement strategies that ensure our online behaviors are not transparent in order to protect our privacy and personal data.


(Pinterest, n.d.).

We live in an electronic era where we are constantly exposed to digital devices and their usage (Howell, 2012). This contact enables the development and establishment of an knowledge-based society where participants are able to interact and connect with the wider global community sharing their thoughts and ideas and build knowledge (Howell, 2012).

There is a certain education expectation that students will develop digital skills during their school years. Digital expectancy is driven by stakeholders including; students, schools, parents, employers, government and the wider community with the desired outcome that students will become digital fluent through positive engagements with digital technologies and will successfully contribute to society as lifelong learners (Howell, 2012). Digital expectancy will shift the classroom environment to a more technological-centered focus. To achieve this, classrooms can use electronic devices for communication between students and parents, teaching can focus more on collaboration between teachers and students aided by digital technologies and interactive whiteboards and information can be electronically sourced (Howell, 2012).

Digital security is a very serious issue. Students need to be aware that digital security strategies can be used to prevent personal data and information from being compromised (Techopedia, n.d.). Safe internet practices include; strong passwords, staying up to date with security measures, selecting strong privacy settings and never disclosing personal information to anyone.

A security system with several layers is difficult to hack. So, even if your data is targeted, getting through the many tiers of security will be a hassle. The simplest of programs, such as free online email accounts, have multi-layered security, too. Even if accessing your accounts takes a few extra steps, it is still worth the effort, certainly better than losing your data. Using a firewall, making sure your antivirus software is updated, running antivirus checks frequently and updating your programs regularly are all part of maintaining your personal data security.” – Doug Theis, Innovative Integration, Inc. (3 Simple Tips for Protecting Personal Data) Twitter: @InnovativeII”


Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration and Creativity. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

iKeepSafe Generation Safe. (n.d.) Achieving Digital Security. Retrieved from

Pinterest. (n.d.). What digital identity are you manifesting [Image]. Retrieved from,d.dGo&psig=AFQjCNFVEnwBibBWZF_F_OIMLKiWxsYlYw&ust=1475930076789474

Roksolana Productions. (n.d.). Digital Identity [Image]. Retrieved from

Techopedia. (n.d.). Digital Identity. Retrieved from

TED. (2013). Your online life, permanent as a tattoo. Retrieved from

Theis, D. (n.d.). Innovative Integration, Inc (3 Simple Tips for Protecting Personal Data). Retrieved from Twitter: @InnovativeII

Tranberg, P. (2013). Fake It- to control your digital identity: Pernille Tranberg at TEDxOxford. Retrieved from

What is a Digital World? Written Summation: Week 1


(123RF, n.d.).

What is a Digital World?

What does digital world mean and who belongs in it? A digital world encompasses all technological components and applications within our ever changing and fast paced world. These allow for communication, knowledge, resources and connections with each other and the wider global community (Howell, 2012). The internet, digital TV and radio and smartphones all facilitate the use of digital technologies within our daily lives.


(Maps of the World, n.d.).

Click this link: Explore the internet with child-friendly search engines such as kidrex

Who Belongs:  

The participants of the digital world can be put into a few different categories. The term digital native translates as individuals who have developed skills with digital technologies and integrated those across all facets of their lives (Howell, 2012). Most students within the current generation would belong in this category.

On the other side of the spectrum are digital immigrants, individuals who have had varying exposure and experiences with digital technologies but have not yet fully adapted or incorporated them into their daily lives (Howell, 2012).


(Moving at the Speed of Creativity, 2006).

Digital Technologies and Education:

Educators have a responsibility to develop a rich digital pedagogy within their classroom curriculum and provide learning opportunities for children that teach them how to successfully engage and participate with all aspects of the digital world (Howell, 2012). A strong digital pedagogy will encourage connections with the global community and ensure that students are equip with the necessary skills to become life-long learners (Howell, 2012). This will also develop student’s digital fluency and have a strong confident ability with digital technologies (Howell, 2012).

To achieve this outcome effectively and efficiently, educators must understand how to use digital technologies, know what is appropriate to use within the classroom environment and maintain up-to-date skills and knowledge that is widely researched and resourced (Howell, 2012). Additionally Prensky (2008), suggests that educators need to value and respect students opinions and ideas in relation to digital technologies and to integrate these into their pedagogy and curriculum through collaboration and discussions.

These following links discuss digital technologies in the classroom:

Click this link: The use of smartphones and tablets in the classroom environment support a pedagogy rich in digital technologies with the use of Digital Documentation

Click this link: Digital technologies in the classroom environment with links to the Australian Curriculum (ACARA) Technologies for Teaching


Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration and Creativity. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press

KidRex (n.d). KidRex Google Custom Search. Retrieved from

Maps of the World. (n.d.). World Internet Users Map [Image] Retrieved from

Moving at the Speed of Creativity. (2006). Our Digital Landscape [Image]. Retrieved from

Prensky, M. (2008). The 21st-Century Digital Learner. Retrieved from

Technology Rich Inquiry Based Research. (2016). Digital Documentation: Making Teaching and Learning Visible. Retrieved from

Technologies for Teaching. (n.d.). ICT Capability. Retrieved from

Youtube. (2015). Digital native vs. digital immigrants|Sree Sreenivasan|TEDxNewYork. Retrieved from

Youtube (2012). Education in a Digital World. Retrieved from

123RF. (n.d.). Digital World Word Cloud. Vector illustration [Image] Retrieved from