Digital Literacy

Digital literacy refers to the ability to find, use, create, share, and store information via technological devices. Digital literacy is different from computer literacy as it includes many more digital devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, smartwatches, ipods, social media, applications etc.

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Digital Fluency refers to the ability to distinguish when to use specific technologies for the best outcome. Digital fluency requires knowing the differences, the strengths and the weaknesses of digital devices so that the best technology is chosen for the task.

The essential elements of digital literacy are: the necessary skills to read digital media, the ability to use and learn information from digital devices, and the ability to create information through digital devices such as computers. Another element of digital literacy is being able to apply information gained in the digital environment into the real world environment.

There are some elements of digital literacy that I am successful at. For example, I am able to easily interpret and evaluate media and information from digital devices. I know how to share information and reproduce information on many different types of digital devices. I am successful at making a digital identity with social media. However, I have never had a professional digital identity on social media before.

I need to improve my digital fluency. I struggle with  knowing when to use which device to make the most efficient outcome. I would like to learn what technologies are best for which types of tasks. For example, I would have never thought of using twitter for classroom learning. I wouldn’t know the difference between a Mac or a PC.

From this digital learning class, I expect to learn how to incorporate technology into daily learning. I also expect to learn how to research from digital devices more effectively and how to distinguish credible sources. Both of these skills are imperative for digital learning leaders to possess so that our future students will be protected from the digital dangers.

In order to be effective digital learners we need to become familiar with many different types of technology. Digital learners also need to be able to apply new information gained from digital devices in the real world. As digital leaders it is absolutely imperative that we provide students with all necessary information to keep themselves safe on the internet and how to properly protect themselves from copy right infringement. Online predators are still a common threat and students need to be made aware of that.

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