Digital Literacies

Digitally literate seems to be something that is quite important in todays current society. Digitally literate means having the capability to use a range of digital tools such as laptops, televisions, smartphones and search engines, in order to communicate effectively, critically assess, create content and manage information. “Digital literacies are those capabilities which fit an individual for living, learning and working in a digital society” (JISC, 2014). In a broader context, digital literacies can be represented in a seven elements model.
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I believe digitally literate to be especially important within the classroom for many reasons. It allows the students to enjoy producing their own individual projects, it excites and drives the students as they are allowed to use digital tools within the classroom to complete their tasks, while it also gives the students a chance to provide and receive critical feedback about what they need to work on but also about what they have done well. “Schools are increasingly encouraged to embed the use of ICT in all subject areas across both the primary and secondary curricula. Considering how digital literacy supports subject knowledge can help to ensure that technology-use enhances teaching and learning rather than simply becoming an ‘add-on.’ “(Future lab). Since I have joined university, I have realised how much being digitially literate allows you to accomplish online. I have undoubtedly become more digitally able since I have started to carry out my own research, complete and submit my assessments online and leave critical comments on my peers’ work. It hasn’t just benefited me in the way i work, it has also opened many other doors, such as helping me in order to socialise online and also broaden my own knowledge. “ Indeed, if formal education seeks to prepare young people to make sense of the world and to thrive socially, intellectually and economically, then it cannot afford to ignore the social and cultural practices of digital literacy that enable people to make the most of their multiple interactions with digital technology and media.” (Future lab)

Overall, digitial literacy is something that is constantly changing throughout the current economy. I have briefly touched on what is meant by digital literacies in todays society but have focused more on the need to develop digital literacies in order to live, learn and work, especially within the classroom. To conclude, developing digital literacies within the classroom is seen to be extremely important as it doesn’t just enhance the standards of students’ work, it also equips them with skills and broadens their knowledge for later on in life.

References –

Digital literacy across the curriculum. (Future Lab) http://www2.futurelab.org.uk/resources/documents/handbooks/digital_literacy.pdf

Developing digital literacies, (JISC, 2014)

https://www.jisc.ac.uk/guides/developing-digital-literacies

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https://www.jisc.ac.uk/guides/developing-digital-literacies

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING DIGITALLY SAVVY

Today, cyberculture is everywhere. Our current society is accustomed to doing almost everything and anything we like online. Digital technology offers many opportunities such as being able to speak to and even see our family members from across the globe, to being able to buy a whole fortnightly shop from a supermarket in minutes. “I believe that learning to live mindfully in cyberculture is as important to us as a civilization as it is vital to you and me as individuals.” (Rheingold, H. 2012)

Doing things digitally is the way to go, as it is the most straightforward and manageable way possible to do things, although, it may not be as easy for some people. My generation are good with digital technology. It’s easy for us as we grew up with technology constantly developing around us. We learn how to use technology, the same way as we learn our own language, it just comes naturally to us. We enjoy being online to socialise with other individuals and like to do so on social networking sites such as facebook, twitter etc. That is why my generation is referred to as ‘Digital Residents’. When in Resident mode the individual is going online to connect to, or to be with, other people. This mode is about social presence… A proportion of their lives is actually lived out online where the distinction between online and offline is increasingly blurred”. The older generation seems to be the generation that fall under the category of ‘Digital Visitors’. The older generation are not as familiarised with the digital world as we are. They weren’t exposed to digital technology growing up, so for them, it’s like learning a second language. When they are on the web, they don’t leave a trace of them being online, and don’t tend to have any social networking accounts. It seems to be just a resource to get the task done quickly. When in Visitor mode, individuals decide on the task they wish to undertake. For example, discovering a particular piece of information online, completing the task and then going offline or moving on to another task” (WHITE AND LE CORNU, 2011)

Being ‘Digitally Savvy’ is something that is being encouraged today. Digital technology can be crucial in educating as it unlocks a whole new world of information that we have never been able to access before. Based on my own experiences, i believe it to be extremely educational as I complete most of my assessments for university online while also finding all of my research. While it being educational, it can also be a great way to socialise. It allows us to communicate with different cultures from across the world while also being able to speak/video chat with family and friends that are hundreds of miles away. I definitely see myself as a “digital resident”. I find being digitally able extremely important and practical to us in todays society, whether it’s to educate ourselves or even just to have a conversation with friends.

References

http://daveowhite.com/vandr/ – Visitors and Residents. Digital – Learning – Culture.

Rheingold, H. (2012). Introduction: Why You Need Digital Know-How–Why We All Need It. In Net smart: how to thrive online. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

http://daveowhite.com/vandr/ – Visitors and Residents. Digital – Learning – Culture.

Experiences with technology

It’s hard to imagine what life would be like without technology. It is used in every day life for many different reasons as it is seen as a quicker and easier way to complete tasks. Growing up, i have seen technology change dramatically throughout the years. For example, many different generations of iPhones, laptops and televisions. For me, technology is an essential part of my day as i use it to socialise, work and learn.

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