Digital Illiteracy?

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In an ever changing technological society, it can be nearly unavoidable to feel a little bogged down with all of the constant digital advancements. If you feel this way, don’t worry, because you are definitely not alone! Digital literacy can be a difficult concept to fully grasp for the simple reason that it involves a lot of different moving parts. You have to know how to locate, understand, and analyze the information that is attained using the technology and also have to obtain the knowledge to operate the technology in order to attain the information. This can seem like a pretty arduous task, especially for those who did not grow up in the generation of technological advancement.

Digital fluency on the other hand is a bit different. It is a much bigger and broader classification than literacy. Digital literacy is one of the sectors of digital fluency, but fluency has other components as well. It also involves being able to have social competence. One of the best ways I’ve heard digital fluency described is on the blog of Karen Spencer who is the director of education for NetSafe in New Zealand. If you are curious or want to learn more about digital fluency click here to access her blog post about it!

I think one of the essential portions being digitally literate is the ability to access and use any form of online communication. This does not necessarily have to be on a social media account such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc. It can be as simple as accessing an email account. This is especially important for teachers, as they now receive numerous emails everyday from superiors, coworkers, team teachers, and parents of children in their classroom.

Being a part of  the millennial generation, I consider myself to be very technologically savvy, and think that I could most likely handle any technology that would be put into my future classroom, however, just because I know how to operate it, doesn’t mean I know how to correctly implement it. I will admit,  I think this is where I will struggle the most in the classroom. The generation that I am a part of basically knows technology and nothing else, so I think it will be difficult to refrain from using it all the time no matter the subject or content that is being taught in the classroom. On the other hand, it would also be detrimental to the learners in my future classroom to completely eliminate technology as well. There is a wonderful blog published by USC Rossier School of Education that explains the top 7 reasons why digital literacy is important for teachers. I found it rather insightful, and if you would like to read it as well and gain some of the knowledge that I did, click here!

Clearly, digital literacy is revolutionizing how we teach our students. I just hope that I will be able to use technology to my students benefit!

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7 thoughts on “Digital Illiteracy?

  1. Hi!
    As always your posts get you reader excited to keep reading. Thank you breaking a part the difference between using technology and being socially competent in our on-line expressions.
    Best of Luck to you over the next 7 weeks!

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  2. Great post! You start to touch on what I think is a key part of digital literacy–communication. Not only do students need to learn how to access communication based tech tools, but they also need to learn how to effectively and appropriately communicate online. For instance, knowing how to format an email correctly, and remembering that once you say something online, chances are it’s out there for good.

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  3. I like the last part of this blog because I feel no matter how experienced we think we are things in the technological world are always going to be changing and we as teachers have to be continual learners in order for us to educate our students to the fullest potential. One major key is that in order to know what to use and when to use it we have to rely on technology to help us educate ourselves on what works best and when, or if not, we have to rely on our peers on what they have had good experience with. My biggest fear is not using something that has no credibility because I was not taught in school on what sources to use and what is considered a reliable source. Now, I know a little more, however, I still feel slightly behind on the times.

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      1. And students just clearly are not aware that not everything online is true. They may get a whole slew of incorrect information from sources that are not credible.

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