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The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies

The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies

Digital literacy Digital literacy is the ability to effectively and critically navigate, evaluate and create information using a range of digital technologies. It requires one "to recognize and use that power, to manipulate and transform digital media, to distribute pervasively, and to easily adapt them to new forms".[1] Digital literacy does not replace traditional forms of literacy. It builds upon the foundation of traditional forms of literacy.[1] Digital literacy is the marrying of the two terms digital and literacy; however, it is much more than a combination of the two terms. Digital information is a symbolic representation of data, and literacy refers to the ability to read for knowledge, write coherently, and think critically about the written word. Digital literacy researchers explore a wide variety of topics, including how people find, use, summarize, evaluate, create, and communicate information while using digital technologies. Academic and Pedagogical Concepts[edit] Use in education[edit]

8 - Digital Citizenship REP grouping (Respect, Educate & Protect) is a more global way to look at the 9 themes of Digital Citizenship. Respect Yourself/Respect Others 1. Digital Access: full electronic participation in society 5. Educate Yourself/Connect with Others 2. Protect Yourself/Protect Others 7. The resources below will assist you in modeling the REP framework for teaching and learning. Respect Yourself/Respect Others Acceptable Use Acceptable Use and appropriate use of the Internet is something that both teachers and students must understand. Bullying The Learning First Alliance has provided a new comprehensive web library about bullying, with resources from educational organizations. Twitter Etiquette If you are a twitter user, there are many good resources to learn how to use Twitter more effectively. Click the image and visit 21 Things for Students Cybersafety - visit quests 7-9 (Cyberbullying, Nobody Likes A Bully, Webonauts Academy on the 21things4students.net web site. Cyber Safety Initiative

s Internet Safety Resources This free interactive site is an extensive digital literacy curriculum that improves technology proficiency, builds information literacy and digital citizenship skill, and provides 21st century and project-based resources online. The 21 Things are 'big ideas' in technology and learning such as Visual Learning, Collaboration, Cloud Initiation, Digital Footprint, and much more. The student activities use free web resources designed to address the ISTE National Educational Technology Standards for Students, and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. The non-sequential Things, delivered as project-based Quests, provide links, resources, and activities for students to earn badges and awards. Registration for teachers is required and gives access to teacher resources and a downloadable Moodle version of the site; Moodle is not required to use this site. In the Classroom Use the complete curriculum or selected Quests.

Why should critical literacy matter to information professionals? Critical literacy is an approach to learning and teaching that has gathered momentum in recent years as it has become widely used in classrooms around the world. Critical literacy is not just important for formal education settings however. It is also relevant for libraries because it is an approach that can engage students (or other users)in more active forms of reading and more creative ways of critiquing texts, as well as equipping them with skills and strategies to challenge social and political systems. What is critical literacy? Critical literacy differs from most models of information literacy because it is not simply about the ability to evaluate information for features such as authenticity, quality, relevance, accuracy, currency, value, credibility and potential bias. Instead, it addresses more fundamental questions about the nature of knowledge. Authors and readers However, it is not just the author who has an important role. Some practical examples Buy the book

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