Topic 5 – Digital Information

This week I explored the topic of Digital Information.

The best way to define digital information is to describe how I explained it to my husband, very much a Digital Immigrant (Prensky, 2001):

“Imagine a desk covered in books, a dictionary and thesaurus, papers, magazines, photos, a telephone and facsimile, a writing pad with a cork pinboard above your desk. Then, think of a computer desktop with websites, online libraries and photo libraries, resource and research materials at your fingertips, social media, email, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. They are really one in the same – only everything that was on your desk is now in a digital format on your computer desktop, tablet or phone. It is Digital Information.”

I discovered the wonderful world of Pinterest and created my first board. I have enjoyed the information so much, that I have created a number of other boards and will build on these as time goes by. I have learned that I can pin all sorts of things to my Pinterest board including videos and interesting websites for later reference. Pinterest will be a wonderful resource as a future teacher for the sharing and spreading of ideas and learning in a digital world with other teachers, in this way Pinterest could be considered a type of Community of Practice. Individual classrooms could develop their own Pinterest boards based on a particular subject of interest in conjunction with a learning area.

Relevant to the topic of Digital Information, I located an interesting TED talk entitled “How digital information is changing human nature” provides some further food for thought.

References

Prensky, M. (2001). Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants. Retrieved from http://www.marcprensky.com/

Tedx Talks. (2014, August 21). How digital information is changing human nature. Rene Barsalo. TEDxHECMontreal. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CY11ya0Vhw

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