Definition

DIGITAL LITERACY

Digital literacy is the new literacy of the 21st century. It is becoming more and more popular in schools and “represents a person’s ability to perform tasks effectively in a digital environment”.
(From http://connect.educause.edu/Library/EDUCAUSE+Quarterly/ConnectingtheDigitalDotsL/39969)

This involves "Being able to access the Internet; find, manage and edit digital information; join in communications; and otherwise engage with an online information and communications network." (from http://networkedlearning.wikispaces.com/digital+literacy+and+how+it+affects+teaching+and+learning+practices

Some examples of digital texts are:

  • Internet
  • Blogging
  • Fanfiction & Journaling
  • Remixing / Recut
  • Gaming
  • Wiki sites
  • E-mail
  • CD-Rom
  • Digital Projectors

"…. In the digital age, most knowledge lies beyond the classroom walls, requiring that the artificial barriers between school and community be dismantled" ( Chen as cited by Wood 2004)

" citizens who are alerted to the idea that all media representations are constructions will be more inclined to distinguished between advertising and news, detect media stereo typing, recognise digital manipulation, and question the legitimacy of anonymous or vaguely authored Web sites" Warnick, B. 2002 pp11.

" There are different kinds of electronic literacies: the retrieval, recording, and storage of information (as texts and pictures) and their creative combination in meaningful ways; the process of making and publishing one's own text" Winch G et al. 2006 p. 316.

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