As an educator, it is clear that there is nothing static about learning. No one person has ever learnt all there is to know and as such it is an educator’s duty to keep updated with the latest developments in all aspects of knowledge (Smith and Ferrier, 2002). Technological aspects of education are particularly fast-moving; to stop moving forward with these developments would be irresponsible for any teacher as students expect their teachers to provide them with at the very least enough to be considered knowledgeable themselves. This expectation that educators will be proficient in all aspects of the ever growing digital stage is coined by Howell (2012) as digital expectancy.
I have already begun to set myself a standard in terms of my own digital fluency. Building up a significant repertoire of digital skills is crucial if I wish to remain an asset to students within my classes; taking part in professional development and subscribing to groups and digital update forums online are just some of the ways I hope to grow in my knowledge throughout the entirety of my life.
For a rather entertaining look at life-long learning:
For information and services promoting Life-long development:
Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital pedagogies for collaboration & creativity. South Melbourne, VIC:
Oxford University Press.
Smith, C. S. & Ferrier, F. (2002). Lifelong Learning: Proceedings of a symposium. Retrieved from: http://monash.edu/education/non-cms/centres/ceet/docs/otherpapers/BIACTUACproceedings.pdf