Before, Now, and Then

During my elementary and high school years, we used to fill out some forms with the use of paper and pens when we were enrolled at school. We manually write our information on a sheet of paper and submit it to the registrar. Everything information and data gathering runs with the compilation of papers. and they type the information into the computer. Only offices and teachers have access to computers. And the students need to bring many books and notebooks to school every day. and our teachers used every limit of teaching material made of Styrofoam, sticks, plastic, and paint for the models. Usually, chalk and a board were used during discussions. But good thing, as the years passed during my high school year, the use of Pentium computers was maximized because computer subjects were implemented in the curriculum. But still, limited use of computers for students was one of the rules; we can only use computers during our subject, and the objective of the subject is how to use the basic software like Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Unlike now, many elementary students have their own gadgets and

digital identities, and everything runs with their finger, cellphone, tablet, and laptop. Most of the other assignments were posted online, and using references is just a click away. And when applying for an account, all are running on computer systems with the use of user IDs, passwords, or PINs, and biometrics. In the article Embed digital citizenship in all subject areas we have covered in our course, it is stated that by becoming digital citizens in school, learners can better understand the lessons in every subject.

For me, it is entirely possible that we will advance as digital citizens, given the continuous enhancement and integration of technology in school curricula. and the school may produce students who are more knowledgeable in digital and technological But then, as adults, we must set an example for the younger generation by demonstrating responsible digital citizenship.

One thought on “Before, Now, and Then

  1. Hi Keren! I agree that teachers/adults need to set the tone for digital citizenship. In my classroom I meet the students where they are at, assess the skills they have and teach to their ability. With no actual curriculum for digital citizenship or media literacies, we are left to our own creative devices to incorporate these skills into our lessons. Most of my students have online profiles (gmail accounts) because of gaming systems, so it was easy for them to download and use ChatGPT in lessons.
    Yes, times have changed for me too! I did not grow up with internet and ICT’s but was a product of generational technologies such as television, telephones, typewriters and even satellite phones (aging myself here!). I have learned to adapt my teaching styles to reflect digital technology and its use in the classroom.
    Thank you for the conversation!

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