Digital Information


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Digital Information (Google Images, 2016)

According to Langefors (1993), the word information is used with different meaning and in different contexts. However, in the digital and information technology world, information can be perceived as an interpreted data (Mortberg, 2000). In other words, data  carries the signs which have the potential to compose and decompose, the text, photo music, video  of the information from which it is formed.  On the same hand, Digital information includes auditory and visual signals stored as data using signs such as zeros and ones.  According to  Christensson (2006) below,  computers only work with digital information unlike humans who perceive information as analogue, therefore  information is stored digitally using zeros and ones in a form that computer can understand. Digital information includes data stored on computers and in other digital media such as magnetic or optical discs. According to Dr Jennifer Howell, digital information does not only include text messages and textbooks, it also includes images, audio files, videos, and web links.  Digital information includes multiple messages or links that could take us to another websites.

Since digital information exists in different facets such as video links, audio, CDs and other forms, it has contributed immensely to learning and teaching. Students learn in different ways, some are visual learners, while some are oral and kinaesthetic learner.  The digital information available to school comes in different forms. Briggs (2013) below, reiterates the emerging technologies that will impact education for the next couple of years. These includes: cloud computing, mobile learning, learning analytics, open contact, 3D printing, MOOCs, virtual and remote laboratories, games and gamification, tablet computing and wearable technology.

Though the advancement of technology pose to impact massively on teaching and learning, there is need to ensure that the students know what to do with the information and skills they acquire in the future. There is need to ensure that teachers and students remember these information and resources for learning and teaching. Teachers and students can adopt the use of social bookmarking tools known as content curations tools such as Diigo, Pinterest and Scoopit for organising and keeping hold of the information and resources they have acquired. Moreover, there is a need to know how to evaluate digital information and to teach the students to become critical users of digital information. For example, padlocks at the bottom right- hand side of some websites indicate that there is security running in the background which would make it safe for us to use our personal details on the site. Also, some web links for big organisations have the organisations shortcut attached to them.
Students Using digital Information (Google Image, 2015)

There is a need for students to be taught how to be a critical and informed user of technology, locate, evaluate and synthesise information and to interact safely and responsibly online.  The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) (2010) below, recognises the importance of students ability to make creative use of digital information. It emphasised that students learn how to use ICT with confidence, care and consideration, understanding its possibilities, impacts and limitations.

An effective way teachers can imbibe such skill into the students is to effectively integrate new technologies into the literacy curriculum in order to prepare the students for the digital world and future they deserve.


Australian Curriculum and Assessment Reporting Authority. (2010).  Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability. Retrieved from :
Briggs, S. (2013). 10 Emerging Educational Technologies and How They are Being Used  Across The Globe. Retrieved from the
Christensson, P. (2006). Digital Definition. Retrieved 2016, Sep 30, from
Getty Images (2015). Students Using Digital Information [Image]. Retrieved from:
Getty images (2016). Digital Information [Image]. Retrieved from:
Langefors, B. (1993). Essays on Infology. Dept. of Information Systems. Göteborg University,Göteborg.
Mörtberg, C. (ed). (2000) Where do we go from here? Feminist Challenges of Information Technology. Division gender and Technology. Luleå University of Technology, Luleå.

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