Kids are growing up in a very different world than that of their parents. Cell phones, computers, YouTube, Netflix, and Facebook are embedded in their daily lives. Even toys are digital, and many are programmable. When we talk about digital India a dream perceived by Mr Modi, we can think of complete digitalization.
Each and every Indian citizen starting with children should be digitally independent for which we need to create a digital infrastructure as a utility to every child. It is one thing to know how to use these technologies. The importance of technology in schools is so evident in today’s generation that students who are not computer savvy will struggle in their future professions, as most tasks in competing with others require some type of computer work.
Technology is not all about playing games online or watching animated videos etc. The benefits of technology depend on the way children, parents and teachers choose to use it to enhance learning. When used well for educational purposes, the latest technologies can help create opportunities for more active and meaningful learning experiences.
When learning internet programs, kids understand and innovate with the digital world they inhabit. Today’s children are born into a technology-based society and learn how to access the internet at a very early age. As parents, it’s our responsibility to talk to them about the pros and cons of Internet, teach them safe Internet habits, and use strategies to help them do so safely.
They need to be taught basics, challengers and accelerators like how they can use internet apart from playing games to garner knowledge. Now days there are online lessons through which kids can individually learn multiple activities. They need to be cyber safe online with all the dangerous threats and at the same time be productive & constructive.
Digital literacy is one component which makes a child responsible for how they utilize technology to interact with the world around them, what are the new knowledge gaining areas that they can be well-versed with etc. Also there are so many online websites that have competitions which are knowledge gaining platforms for kids where they can compete as well as learn intellectually.
There are multiple benefits of digital learning in transforming a child’s life like: Motor Skills, Decision Making, Visual Learning, Cultural Awareness, Improved Academic Performance, Inventiveness etc. Additionally coding is also proving to be a magic of technology among kids.
Today’s students are able to use the internet to research and find text sources, videos, pod casts and presentations related to anything they would like to learn about.
Learning is inherently a social activity and rather than trying to ban children from joining online networks we should encourage them to learn safe. Digital literacy is here to stay and if we are serious about taking advantage of the potential benefits of digital learning then we need to appropriately resource our schools and teachers.
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