Digital Learning Day
Today celebrates how technology has advanced over the years and how technology enhances the learning experience. It’s estimated that over 70% of jobs require technology skills, meaning that digital literacy skills are essential today. Initially, the purpose of ‘Digital Learning Day’ was to encourage teaching practitioners and trainers to implement technology into the learning environment. The evolution of technology within classrooms has rapidly changed over the past 11 years, from when the first Digital Learning Day took place in 2012 when more traditional computer classes were held and reduced technology in classrooms. Now, teaching practitioners and trainers have a wide variety of technologies ready and available for everyday classroom routines or even training in virtual classrooms. These include pre-recorded webinars, zoom meetings or google meets, virtual trips and classrooms, mini videos, more interactive games, online interactive whiteboards, a range of electronic devices, digital textbooks and guides, podcasts and presentation software, to name a few.
Online training sessions, conducting internet research, watching videos online, and using blogs or other digital tools or devices are all considered digital learning. There are many benefits to digital learning for delegates; it increases engagement, is more accessible and provides greater flexibility. Additionally, technology and digital learning enable a personalised learning approach.
The development of digital literacy skills has become essential for every citizen, whether it’s to communicate, find employment, for education or training purposes or socialise. It’s vital to continuously develop these skills as they can improve confidence in using technology for work, learning or everyday life. From a business perspective, digital literacy skills can significantly impact business opportunities and operations, especially when communicating and collaborating. Having a team with practical digital skills and supporting them to continuously develop their skills helps to improve productivity, expand on current knowledge as they grow, offer new skills, and employees remain engaged and employable. When businesses cultivate digital learning within the workplace, employees can adapt to new tools and software, and progress better, which are all essential to business productivity and growth.
Many people are familiar with e-learning, often referred to as studying online. This is a significant part of digital learning, as this broadens to include a selector of other topic areas.
Digital Learning often refers to the devices and internet users to learn and complete studies or learning. Digital learning often provides an excellent opportunity for learning to be personalised as it supports those who work faster and others at a slower pace. Computers, laptops, phones, and smart tablets are essential elements of digital learning, which opens more opportunities for creating backups or saving files to use later. The flexibility to upload data into a cloud-based storage space like Google Drive or The Cloud allows delegates to retrieve files anywhere, on multiple devices.
We want to hear about your digital learning experiences and how it’s benefited your learning. Share your thoughts in the comments section below. Calling all trainers and teaching practitioners, why not share your ideas on making your teaching more interactive with technology?