Western children of the 21st century are digital natives – a term derived by Marc Pensky in his book Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants (2011) – simply meaning they were born after the introduction of digital technology. Therefore it makes sense to join forces with digital technology and platforms to enhance learning in (and out of) the classroom.
One school which has embraced this relationship between children and digital platforms is Cedars School of Excellence in Greenock, Scotland. Believed to be the first in the world to use iPads in every lesson – Cedars School of Excellence (a public school) provides each pupil with an iPad to help aid the learning process. Head of Computing at Cedars School of Excellence – Fraser Speirs commented that since the introduction of the iPad’s (in late 2010) there has been a change in some teacher’s attitude towards technology in the classroom as now being beneficial. Compiling the use of apps such as Binary Madness HD (a game that challenges the user to convert decimal numbers to binary) in his classes Fraser claims these apps “reinforce specific parts of learning” Click this link for more information.
In an ever increasing digital world this can only be a positive step forward in learning, but where does this leave children in state schools where funding is being cut? Or the 2 million children who according to the e-learning Foundation charity have no internet connection at home? Below is an informative video taken from the e-learning foundation about the need for technology and access to the internet in learning.
This infographic shows results from a questionnaire posed to teachers about the success of different types of educational sources.
The results clearly show that the majority of teachers questioned supported the statement that ‘digital resources such as classroom technology and web-based programs help my students academic achievement’.