3 things you should know about digital literacies

This is a continuation in my '3 things' short video series. If you follow this blog you will know that I wrote a series of posts last year on digital literacies. Many people confuse literacies with skills or competencies, but as you will see in the video I made below, they are different. For me literacies go beyond and deeper than skills and competencies, enabling users to assimilate into unfamiliar and challenging new cultures and environments. We have a bewildering array of digital media at our fingertips, but to use these tools effectively takes a lot of practice, critical thinking and immersion in the culture before we can claim to be literate in them. Also, many of us need to be able to discern the difference between good and bad content online, to be able to navigate effectively around digital spaces and to be able to create, remix, organise and share content effectively. How much practice do we need using these tools before we can claim to be literate? Below is a short video which I hope will help people to deepen their own understanding of what it really means to be a digital citizen. As ever, your comments are most welcome in the comments box below.

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Leni said…
Wonderfully done. Thank you for contributing this article and short video. Many of us engage with Web 2.0 technologies...with varying degrees of understanding and competencies. Most of us struggle to find the time to learn and harness its potential. Those of us who do actively engage often forget that a rather large percentage of the world's population have minimal, and often no, understanding of computers and/or digital technologies in general. Your video is usual from a variety of perspectives. It offers perspective and insight to educators and new technology users alike.
carlosyxime said…
Interesting video post! Concept such trans-literacy was new for me and I think is very useful to keep it in mind specially when it comes to teach and learn how to communicate well and effectively in different platforms. The media we use has an impact in both the message and the presenter/communicator. Therefore as communicators in digital environments we need to keep expanding our literacy abilities/skills and competencies. It seems a constant learning curve for lot of us.
annekenn said…
Absolutely love this easy to understand, clear view of digital literacies. I love the ideas of transliterate learners in a tradigital world! Thanks again, I will be sharing this far and wide.
Anne K
Zealman said…
This kind of reminds me of the pre Web 2.0 distinction of IT users. Where you have users who can do the basics to do what they need, power users who have an in depth knowledge of how to use applications or indeed Web Applications (like Twitter) beyond their basic needs and to create and better themselves. Then you have experts who know how to use software in depth but also know the mechanics behind it and how to deal with it when it goes wrong. Such as a Ipad that cannot connect to the Internet.
I think the digital litterate are the new power users.
Anonymous said…
Great succinct, but focused video and article - identifying key elements with examples. I agree that it is an alien environment and often users perhaps not digitally literate, which is why perhaps we get so many users using these 'powerful tools' irresponsibly. This is where I believe a Learning platform (VLE), if set up and introduced in the correct way can be a 'safe' environment in which users can learn to be digitally literate - they can have the opportunity to share information with others in various ways, reflect on information and be helped to be critical about information through discussions, bogs, wikis, emails - within a safe environment. My concern is that the majority of VLE's become management systems rather than learning environments.

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