Life Long Learning

Learning about lifelong learning in this week’s work reiterated the importance of building digital fluency in students. Lifelong learning is learning that is pursued throughout life and the ability to learn in a flexible manner in a diverse range of situations with an emphasis on continuing to learn throughout a lifetime (Lifelong Learning Council Queensland Inc, 2014).

Living in a knowledge-based society, it is important for all members to be able to access current information (Gilbert, 2007).As stated in Howell (2012), this is necessary in order to succeed and adapt in the ever-changing political and economic dynamics of the world today. In today’s society, the abundance of current information is found within technologies and knowledge and understanding is deepened and supported with the development of technological competency (Howell, 2012).

In relation to technology empowering students to continue with learning throughout life, Sharples (2000, p. 192) states that it encourages this by allowing students to “call on information and knowledge when needed to solve problems and satisfy curiosity”, interact with rich learning resources and the opportunity to connect with teachers and fellow learners. “Effective learning in schools that is rich in digital technologies will ensure learning occurs longer through life” (Howell, 2012, p. 13).

For the weeks task I had to create a Prezi.  It was through exploration of the subject matter that I was able to complete the task. I experimented with the site in order to create the Prezi. I reflected on knowledge I had gained in prior tasks in relation to the creation of digital information’s. Looking at the process I undertook, not just in this task but the unit as a whole, I believe I adopted a constructivism approach for the successful completion of this subject. Corry (1996, p.540) states that “cconstructivists believe that students should learn to solve complex problems they will face in real life” and  argues the benefits of this, reiterating that the skills applied in order to solve such problems will assist them throughout life. This then resonates to me as a strong link between constructivism and lifelong learning.

References

Connecting community. (2014). Life long learning [Image]. Retrieved from http://vipdesk.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/life-long-learning.jpg

Corry, M. (1996) Constructivism and Technology. Retrieved October 27, 2014 from http://home.gwu.edu/~mcorry/corry3.htm

Gilbert, J. (2007). Knowledge, the disciplines, and learning in the Digital Age. Educational Research Policy and Practice, 6(2), 115-122

Howell, J. (2012).  Teaching with ICT: Digital pedagogies for collaboration and creativity, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Australia.

Lifelong Learning Council Queensland Inc. (2014). What is lifelong learning?. Retreived from http://www.llcq.org.au/01_cms/details.asp?ID=12

Sharples, M. (2000). The design of personal mobile technologies for lifelong learning. Computers & Education 34(177-193). Retrieved October 28, 2014 from https://www.tlu.ee/~kpata/haridustehnoloogiaTLU/technolohiesforlifelong.pdf

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