Digital Literacy

 

Some may ask what does digital literacy mean? To me, digital literacy means that it is one’s own ability to understand information. This seems like a pretty broad definition, digital literacy goes a little deeper than this.

Digital literacy also evaluates and integrates information in many different ways using a computer. An important part of digital literacy is interpretation. One cannot understand information they find on the internet without evaluating its sources and placing it into context. Placing it into context ties into the idea of digital fluency. Digital fluency defined as “the aptitude to effectively and ethically interpret information, discover meaning, design content, construct knowledge, and communicate ideas in a digitally connected world.” (according to https://www.region10.org/digital-fluency/index/).

There are said to be 8 elements of digital literacy. The first one is cultural. This means moving easily from different digital environments, for example in this class is using twitter for my personal and social connections, and using it for my academic course.

The second element of digital literacy is cognitive. To me the cognitive element is simply learning and training myself on the different types of technologies and becoming diverse in the digital world.

The third element of digital literacy is constructive. This includes a lot about plagiarism, one needs to understand how to take existing resources and remix them to make it into something new that benefits their own learning and can also benefit others learning.

The next element of digital literacy is communicative, this simply means that one needs to understand the importance of networks and different communication devices.

Another digital literacy element is confidence this means in order to be a proficient user of technology, one must have the courage and confidence to dive into the unknown, take risks, make mistakes, and display confidence when “messing around” with new tools. After this comes creative. From his research, Doug says “…..the creative adoption of new technology requires teachers who are willing to take risks… a prescriptive curriculum, routine practices… and a tight target-setting regime, is unlikely to be helpful.” Conlon & Simpson (2003).

 The second to last element of digital literacy is critical. Digital literacy involves an understanding of how to deal with hyperspace and hypertext and understanding it’s “not entirely read or spoken.” Can we critically evaluate the technologies we’re using?

Last but not least the last element of digital literacy is civic many schools are beginning to embrace technology to improve our lives and the lives of others in the world. I want to leave this site link here, as I found the 8 elements of digital literacy here. http://blogs.ubc.ca/dean/2013/03/what-is-digital-literacy-eight-8-essential-slements/

I think that I know how to use social media and communicate within digital literacy very well. There is a lot I want to learn when it comes to digital literacy. I want to learn how to research better. With researching better I want to learn how to understand the information that I find to its fullest effect. I also want to learn more types of digital literacy and become more effective using them. I expect to learn how to be more effective and efficient while using different types of digital literacy. I think in order to become effective learners and leaders we need to communicate. I strongly believe that communication is key in everything.

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