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Over the past three decades, technology has become a prominent tool and is used by millions of people around the world. Personal computers were slowly being introduced in the late 70s however in 1984, Steve Jobs and his team at Macintosh transformed the computer industry by creating a computer that a “normal” person can use (Dernbach, 2012). Since then the continuous evolution of computers and others technological devices have become an everyday occurrence. Today, we live in a “digital world” many ever evolving technological devices to choose from, such as computers, tablets, laptops, gaming consoles, mobile phones, streaming devices and more. These devices have become powerful tools that have helped people with their schooling, work and social lives. Current students in primary schools were born into this digital world and from a young age most students have been exposed to some form of technology. This exposure causes children to start using these digital technologies at a much younger age. Early childhood experts have dividing opinions on this emerging trend of even toddlers and babies using internet connected devices (Holloway, Green & Stevenson, 2015). As children become proficient at some forms of technology, they may not be up to standards when it comes to using technology in an educational setting (Howell, 2012). As children grow up and become citizens in a rapidly growing digital world they require in depth knowledge of digital technologies and how to correctly use it to contribute in today’s society. This need is reflected in the common expectations in the education system by parents, employers and society in general (Howell, 2012). Therefore the education system has set the goals to incorporate such digital technologies into the curriculum (Howell, 2012).
Dernbach, C (2012) Mac history. [Web log post] Retrieved from http://www.mac-history.net/top/2011-01-24/the-history-of-the-apple-macintosh/attachment/4-0-1-4
Holloway, D., Green, L., & Stevenson, K. (2015). Digitods: Toddlers, Touch Screens and Australian Family Life. M/C Journal, 18(5). Retrieved from http://journal.mediaculture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/article/view/1024
Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital pedagogies for collaboration and creativity. South Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press
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