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Digital Literacy Fundamentals

Digital Literacy Fundamentals
Introduction Today’s youth are often called ‘digital natives’ by adults because of the seemingly effortless way they engage with all things digital. It’s easy to see why: Canadian youth live in an interactive, “on demand” digital culture where they are used to accessing media whenever and wherever they want. Instant-messaging, photo sharing, texting, social networking, video-streaming, and mobile Internet use are all examples where youth have led the charge in new ways of engaging online. But this enthusiasm masks a potential problem: although young people don’t need coaxing to take up Internet technologies and their skills quickly improve relative to their elders, without guidance they remain amateur users of information and communications technology (ICT), which raises concerns about a generation of youth who are not fully digitally literate, yet are deeply immersed in cyberspace. A basic question, then, is what exactly is digital literacy? What is Digital Literacy? Digital Literacy Model

Developing digital literacies 'By digital literacy we mean those capabilities which fit an individual for living, learning and working in a digital society. For example, the use of digital tools to undertake academic research, writing and critical thinking; digital professionalism; the use of specialist digital tools and data sets; communicating ideas effectively in a range of media; producing, sharing and critically evaluating information; collaborating in virtual networks; using digital technologies to support reflection and PDP; managing digital reputation and showcasing achievements.' Developing Digital Literacies was a two-year Jisc-funded programme (2011-2013) to promote the development of coherent, inclusive approaches to digital capability across institutions of further and higher education. This 'home' page provides access to the activities and outcomes of the programme. Themes - key themes which emerged from the programme Resources - resources from the programme grouped by type and purpose/user group

Digital Literacy Definition and Resources What is Digital Literacy? The ability to use digital technology, communication tools or networks to locate, evaluate, use and create information. 1The ability to understand and use information in multiple formats from a wide range of sources when it is presented via computers. 2 A person’s ability to perform tasks effectively in a digital environment... Literacy includes the ability to read and interpret media, to reproduce data and images through digital manipulation, and to evaluate and apply new knowledge gained from digital environments. 3 What is a Digital Learning Librarian? The Digital Learning Librarian at the University of Illinois works collaboratively with librarians and faculty to create tools that help to integrate the library into the teaching and learning process. One result is the creation of online resources that focus on infusing library and information skills with instructional technology to help individuals obtain digital literacy. @ Other Institutions... Resources

jiscdesignstudio.pbworks Link from here to growing resource sets from the Developing Digital Literacies programme. Resources are grouped by type and also in resource kits for specific users. Types of resource General digital literacy resources including resources from outside the programmeStaff development materials produced by the programmeMaterials designed for/with studentsOrganisational development materials and resources on organisational change Case studies from the programmeBriefings on a range of specific technologies and approaches Conceptual frameworks for understanding digital literacy and digital competence Professional frameworks for supporting and enhancing digital literacy with specific groups of staff/studentsSelf-assessment and diagnostic tools for digital literacy skillsEvaluation resources specific to digital literacies Reports and presentations from the funded projectsFinal synthesis report Resource kits for specific purposes/users Back to main Developing Digital Literacies page

Digital Literacy Developing Digital Literacies Programme Developing Digital Literacies The programme is focused on promoting the development of coherent, inclusive and holistic institutional strategies and organisational approaches for developing digital literacies for all staff and students in UK further and higher education. Funded Projects The bids of the funded projects are available from this web page. The projects start in August 2011 and will run over a period of 2 years until July 2013. Emerging findings Summary of project baseline reports (April 2012) is available here.6 Summary of the professional association baseline reports (April 2012) is available here7. Further information Please contact Paul Bailey11 for further information about the projects in this programme. Summary of projects Programme activities Start up meeting for the programme24 - 4 October 2011 Programme Meeting25 - Tuesday 15th May 2012 Programme Meeting26 - Tuesday 16th October 2012 Sector Bodies and Professional Associations Supporting the Programme

7 Reasons Why Digital Literacy is Important for Teachers - Blog | USC Rossier Online What Is Digital Literacy? | Digital Literacy My favourite definition of Digital Literacy that I have found so far is part of a presentation on Digital Literacy in Primary School Sites, an experiment in 3 schools in Ireland (Casey & Bruce, 2010). They present Digital Literacy as follows: To augment the definitions above, Wikipedia defines Digital Literacy as follows: The ability to locate, organize, understand, evaluate, and analyze information using digital technology. Research around digital literacy is concerned with wider aspects associated with learning how to effectively find, use, summarize, evaluate, create, and communicate information while using digital technologies, not just being literate at using a computer. Digital literacy encompasses computer hardware, software (particularly those used most frequently by businesses), the Internet, cell phones, PDAs, and other digital devices. To summarize, now that we have a knowledge of what Digital Literacy looks like, how can we define illiteracy… Like this: Like Loading...

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