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.
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.
Digital literacy across the curriculum. (Future Lab) http://www2.futurelab.org.uk/resources/documents/handbooks/digital_literacy.pdf
Developing digital literacies, (JISC, 2014)
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