Learning in a digital world!

The current generation of students have been ‘on the line’ from birth, they are part of a highly technological and information rich world that is ever changing (Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA), 2005). 

“Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) are all about using web tools such as blogs, wiki, twitter, facebook to create connects with others which extend our learning, increases our reflection while enabling us to learn together as part of a global community” (Waters, 2013, p1).

Learning has changed, it is no longer just something that happens in the classroom.  It is all around us and students learn by seeing , doing, interacting and participating in the physical and social world around them.  They are consumers, producers, and remixers of information and content.

This generation of, what Prensky describes as, digital natives are increasingly comfortable in the virtual world where they live their lives, build relationships and interact and participate in world events (MCEETYA, 2005).

For these learners one minute online looks like this…



More and more we are moving away from textbooks as our source of information and looking to Google and other online material.  This is both an advantage and a disadvantage, firstly it means that students have access to a wide range of information about a multitude of topics that encourages engaged and life long learners.  However, this is also an issue, with the vast amount of content that is created there is often misuse of information that means there is content created that is incorrect.  Wading through the huge pool of information is a skill in itself and students need to learn the skills necessary to separate accurate information from misinformation.

Our students live in a digital world so engaging with that world will engage them!




Arts in Colour. (2013). Calling all Social Media Aficionados and Theatre Lovers. Retrieved from http://artsincolor.com/2013/08/calling-all-social-media-aficionados-and-theatre-lovers/

Karayannis, T. (2012, September 10). Social Media is Just a Buzzword [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://digitalkulcha.org/social-media-is-just-a-buzzword/

Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs. (2005). Contemporary Learning in an online world. Retrieved from http://www.curriculum.edu.au/verve/_resources/Contemp_Learning_Final.pdf

Richard de Meij. (2012, December 4). Social Media in Education – Teaching Digital Natives [Video file]. Retrieved from http://youtu.be/fes3jcytQCM

Waters, S. (2013). Retrieved September 1, 2013, from The PLN Yourself Wiki: http://suewaters.wikispaces.com/

Wheeler, S. (2012, June 15). Learning in a Digital World [Slideshare]. Retrieved from http://www.slideshare.net/timbuckteeth/2012-cilips-dundee


2 thoughts on “Learning in a digital world!

  1. I really like that you have pointed out IT misuse Danielle.To much information on the internet can be a bad thing! Personally found it very frustrating typing information into Google in highschool only to find information that was not reliable. What can we trust?

    i would hope though that since students are digital natives, they would already have the skills to wade through all the information? Perhaps even better than us these days!

    I personally beleive providing students with specific apps (if Ipads available) and programs (for IT) would eliminate some of these fears. For my specialisation of music, there is a wide variey of interactive learning of musicology! I think this is a fun way to learn and gather information!

  2. Informative writing on the nature of learning. I agree that PLN are the way of the future. If we can turn “work” into play by doing it digitally, then we can engage the students. If students can then become creators of content and games that can be shared, then the potential of a PLN network is starting to be reached. What is the full potential of a PLN? We will have to find that on out!

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