Is it time to redefine digital native? Today’s students are the first to grow up with new technology (Prensky, 2001, p. 1). Kathryn Montgomery, a communication professor believes that for today’s youth there has never been a time they were not connected to the world, but as the newer members of this generation are joining, they have an even greater understanding of digital technologies (Jayson, 2010). This means that my son aged 18 months, seen in the attached video, is more digitally fluent than my 4 year old daughter was at 18 months. This raises some thought provoking questions. How will the Australian Curriculum develop ICT capability? What can parents, teachers and business expect of the nature and scope of ICT capability? Can ICT capability support and enhance student learning across all areas of the curriculum?
Whether influenced by Piaget’s individual perspective of construction, or Vygotsky’s social interaction (Hoy & Margetts, 2012, p. 283), the Australian Curriculum endeavors to advance students with the use of ICT in a collaborative environment to set them up to become lifelong learners (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, 2010). An important aspect of achieving this is to remain current with technological advancements. All subjects from foundation to year 12 have one cross curriculum ICT aspect. Thorough ICT capability needs to take account of the types of tasks that provide authentic contexts for learning (Howell, 2012, p. 164).
Prensky, M. (2010). Teaching digital natives: Partnering for real learning. Thousand Oaks, Calif: Corwin
Puerling, B. (2012). Teaching in the digital age: Smart tools for age 3 to grade 3. St. Paul, MN:
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Web sites for further reading
Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (2010, December). The Australian
Curriculum v6.0. Retrieved April 7, 2014, from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/
Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital pedagogies for collaboration & creativity (2nd ed.).
South Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.
Hoy, A. W., & Margetts, K. (2012). Educational psychology. Frenchs Forest, N.S.W: Pearson Australia.
Jayson, S. (2010, February 10). Tech-savvy ‘iGeneration’ kids multi-task, connect. USA Today.
Prensky, M. (2001). Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants Part 1. on The Horizon, 9(5), 1-6. doi:10.1108/10748120110424816
U.S. Department of Education. (2010) National Education Technology Plan 2010 Executive Summary. Retrieved from http://www.ed.gov/technology/netp-2010