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Digital Technology

Digital Technology - How do we use it?

Digital Immigrants
Young People
Digital Natives

Online shopping
Online banking & saving
Online utilities, insurance & bills
Booking holidays online
Research on the internet
Online news programs / apps
Mobile phones
Cashpoint machines
Digital cameras
Digital/satellite TV
Digital documents
Instant Messaging (IM)
Social Networking
Camera phones
Video-sharing websites
Catch-up TV eg iPlayer
Obviously these lists are not exhaustive (or exclusive), but they show us just how much digital technology affects the lives of each of us today, whether we are a digital 'immigrant' or a digital 'native'. The challenge facing modern Education is how to educate our young people in the language of the digital era, to equip them for their future within a rapidly ever-changing digital age. Education today must, by necessity, include much more multimedia-based learning objects and digital technology.

Smartphone technology brings virtually the entire digital world of technology into one, hand-held device which increasing numbers of our young, digital natives are now owning or using as a matter of course, as well as their digital immigrant parents and educators.

Video technology 

Social Networking sites and Instant Messaging sites are increasing their user numbers almost exponentially and now span generations of users as more people sign up and log on to keep in touch with friends and family around the world. Unfortunately many more primary school children are (often illegally) signing up to such sites (where legal age limits are usually 13) and if not properly supervised can open themselves up to online grooming, virus and spam attacks and other security risks for not only themselves, but also their families and friends. Online e-safety is taught in schools from Foundation Stage upwards, to educate and equip our young people in how to stay safe in the digital world within which they are the digital natives.


Text Speak - even the digital native language is different from that of the digital immigrants surrounding young people today. Text speak is becoming more and more prevalent ... and more and more obscure (to a digital immigrant!). Some examples of modern 'text speak' are in the table below. Have a look at to give it a go yourself and learn a 'new language' in Text Speak!
'Normal' text Translated into 'Text Speak'
"This is text speak. Does it make sense to you?"
"DIS iz txt spk. duz it mAk senS 2 u?"
"What school do you go to?"
"wot skul do U go 2?"
"Do you want to come round for tea tonight and then do homework together? We could then play on the wii later."
"Do U wnt 2 cum round 4 T 2nt & thN do h/w 2geder? We c%d thN plA on d wii l8r."
"Parent over shoulder" (warning to other person)
"Parents are watching" (warning to other person)

"Laugh out loud" (an expression to indicate you found something humorous - regularly mistaken in the digital IMMIGRANT population to mean "Lots of Love")


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