Digital Learning: the Double Edge Sword
With much of today’s learning being conducted online, the plethora of digital learning technology has assisted in the shift from traditional to the modern mode of education. However, remote learning with the assistance of digital technology has also contributed to a financial stress to the less fortunate.
Benefits of Digital Learning
According to Literacy Planet Research, ‘95% of parents of primary school pupils’ believe digital learning is important. The new form of education has exerted advantages such as customised learning as it has enabled individuals to learn at their own pace. This can be unfolded through the teacher’s ability to provide customised curriculum based on the student’s learning ability and speed. It has also been reported that digital learning has enabled introverts with the potential and ability to excel further as this has meant that discussions not only centre around verbal communication, which many introverted individuals shy away from.
The Other Side of The Sword
While many individuals welcome e-learning, it has not been advantageous to others. Instead, digital learning has meant the extra financial strain to individuals of the lower socio-economical sector as they have limited access to technologies, poorer home learning environment and little help from their parents when they get stuck, thus causing them to be hit hardest by the shift to online learning.
A survey conducted found that 1.1 million young Australians under the age of twenty- four are suffering financially. The literacy and numerical gap caused by the lack of digital access has been clarified as scholars are attending school with little to no necessary learning equipment.
Ways to Overcome the Issue
The issue of having low literacy and numerical skills has been amplified as these issues could lead to unemployment and social exclusion. To combat this issue from persisting, the World Literacy Foundation has developed the Indigenous Learning App to close the literacy gap between indigenous and non- indigenous children in Northern Territory, Australia. This initiative encompasses the development of a series of bilingual children’s e-books and literacy games in local languages to help in the children’s literacy and numerical development.
Learn more about the Indigenous Learning App here: indigenous.app