Digital Lietracy

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Starting with the digital confidence profile, this was my result. I am partially glad of it, i don’t think i am most proud of something particular, but i definitely want to improve my knowledge of tools & technology as it evolves very quickly everyday.

Moving to the exploration part of Digital Literacies for Online Learning, and before doing anything, of course I should start looking to my very first reference (Wikipedia) about what Digital Literacy is defined as.
1. Wikipedia’s definition: Digital literacy is a component of media literacy. It refers to an individual’s ability to find, evaluate, produce and communicate clear information through writing and other forms of communication on various digital platforms. Digital literacy showcases an individual’s grammar, computer, writing, and typing skills on platforms, such as social media and blog sites. Digital Literacy also includes other devices, such as, smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop PCs
– After reading this definition, and comparing to others that I have read, I can’t say it is a good one. Like the part that says “Digital literacy showcases an individual’s grammar, computer, writing, and typing skills on platforms” I see that it depends more on the normal definition of being literate & trying to relate to social media which is very vague and doesn’t make sense. Furthermore, it is too long though it is much simpler than this. I actually liked the below definition way more for its shortness & accuracy.

2. From: Education Week https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/11/09/what-is-digital-literacy.html

The American Library Association’s digital-literacy task force offers this definition: “Digital literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills.” This definition is what i liked the most beneath many of which i have read.

  • What I found really interesting in this article too is the controversy of the two professors’ opinion. One professor said that reading a book/article online is like ‘offline reading,’ it is just you and the screen, nothing more. While the other professor said that “online reading requires a host of additional skills.” This is because when you read online there is always graphics, hyperlinks, videos, audios and much more that makes the experience of reading the same text for two readers is extremely different. No reader can stop at reading the text from top to bottom without checking any of the additional info in the graphics or links. In the matter of fact, I would abide by the second opinion more because online reading is much more interactive. Though physically it is only me and the screen, but what exists behind that screen is way much more knowledge than a person or a textbook would hold.

3. Moving to defining Digital Fluency; defined from https://study.com/academy/lesson/what-is-digital-fluency-definition-example.html

Digital fluency is the ability to select and use the appropriate digital tools and technologies to achieve a particular outcome. It goes beyond understanding what types of tools are available and moves into a zone where a person can choose the right tools based on the situation & knows how to best use them to meet the situations’ requirements. For example, digital fluency learns Operational Director to not only understand what project management software is, but how to use it across an organization to facilitate communication & collaboration.

  • After reading this, digital fluency feels like a branch of digital literacy but more specified in using the right tools, while literacy require only knowing those tools.. not to choose between them.

Another source where i found an interesting definition: http://elearning.tki.org.nz/Teaching/Digital-fluency
It stated that:

  • Digital literacy – A digitally literate person knows how to use digital technologies and what to do with them.
  • Digital fluency – A digitally fluent person can decide when to use specific digital technologies to achieve their desired outcome. They can articulate why the tools they are using will provide their desired outcome.
    – To me, this is the most accurate definition of both for comparing & stating the differences among both.

4. The Article published by POMO was a very good source too. It defined Digital Skills very clearly (though it is not easily found on any website) It defines & gives examples for digital skills as: “These skills include, for example, the ability to operate computers and navigate the net effectively, to cope with large volumes of information, to evaluate the reliability of information, and to critically assess what seem to be natural (and not ideologically biased) technological tools.”

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I also liked the info graphic that they attached pretty much. It sums up all the different aspects of different literacy & shows that it is the bigger umbrella where digital skills & digital fluency relies under. The difference between the 3 is that: Digital literacy is the first step that requires acquiring a good knowledge of what to do with everything online on the internet. Digital skills is how you deal with them, while digital fluency is when to use a specific tool to achieve a desirable outcome.

5. Regarding the video, I really love how the doctor resembled digital skills & digital literacy. Like when she said that you should know the mechanics of a car before you actually learn to drive it. Though I have seen digital skills in a different way, not parallel or different than digital literacy. But I imagined it like a ladder where it starts with literacy, the next step is skills (broader knowledge of the know-how), then the fluency (Being fluent in the usage of media).

Moving to the last exploration part of the stations, I have tried two of them:

  • First was All aboard smartphones in tools & techs. It was full of interesting information like Bluetooth is originally a name of a Danish king in the 10th century, and touch screen work by electrical conduct to the finger (that’s why it won’t work while wearing gloves). I’ve did well & got 75%, but n second attempt was a 100%! Also, from the result of my Digital confidence profile, I wanted to improve the tools & techs section. So, I am glad that I already took a step forward with such a quiz.
  • I’ve also tried online security under Identity & Well being section. I wanted to explore that part as I feel that I am missing a lot about it. Actually it was very beneficial as many information I had absolutely no idea about. However, I did very bad in the Quiz & got 33% but I guess it’s okay, we learn from our mistakes anyway.

After all, i really enjoyed this activity. It was something out of my usual scope & outside my usual topics of question/research. It was full of information that i would use in my daily life. Moreover, it was diverse, maybe a bit long but worth it at the end.

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#UnboundEq Activity

At first, when I heard that we are going to make a twitter scavenger hunt, I had no idea what it could be about. I had second thoughts that maybe we would be searching for something specific on twitter like watching people’s posts & make an assumption about them from their tweets or something. However, it turned out to be completely different.

I loved how diverse the nationalities participating in this activity. When I knew that we would be students from different countries participating in such an activity, I expected that we wouldn’t be interacting together, and only people that are in the same classroom will be the only responding to each other. So, I was amazed when I found that many students from other countries actually replied to our class posts, retweeted and so on.

The part of guessing the photo was my favorite, however, I couldn’t guess any image right except for only one. For example, when I first saw this photo,20180923_030602.jpg I thought it is a cloth; a texture of a t-shirt or a bed sheet. Then it turned out to be a collection of rocks!

While this photo when I first looked at it 20180923_030515.jpgI believed it is a bird, on a second thought I found that it is a whale’s fin. I was surprised then with how I saw it wrong though it is a very clear fin.

This activity made me learn & realize that not everything we see is what we necessarily believe it is. We could be seeing only part of the bigger picture, and we keep on making judgements and endless assumptions on this part, though it is not true at all from the very beginning. Similar to what always happen on social media, we see only a part of a video of someone cursing then we go like (OMG! How can this person say such words on TV, he has no morals, his program should be banned…etc) but what we did not see is the rest of the video where he was talking about someone that said those words, or a call that made the presenter so mad, or the video is fake and it was different words said at different times, then someone just put it all together so that it would seem real, while it is only a cheap rumor that someone is trying to spread. Furthermore, it made me question myself that after I see something very clearly (for example knowing that the video was fake, or seeing that it’s actually whale’s fin not a bird), I wonder how didn’t I realize such a simple thing from the very beginning, and that it was crystal clear but I disturbed myself with the thoughts in my head & ignored the clearest details that shows the reality of what is in front of my eyes. So, the next time when I see something online, I wouldn’t believe my interpretation until I make sure that I understand and see the thing correctly so as not to be fooled with my own thoughts/wrong interpretations or fooled by someone else’s trials of spreading rumors.

 

AltCV

  • I used to be the narrator & the leading actress in most of my both schools’ theater.
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  • I tried 7 different sports; but kickboxing was my most favorite
  • I’ve got accepted at a UN internship, unfortunately I didn’t go.
  • I’ve dealt with many cultures from around the world in a conference in Dubai (Srilanka, Slovakian, Hawaiian, Iranian, Japanese, All Arab Countries nationalities,… etc)
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  • Two years ago, I was kind of a tour guide to a Korean friend of mine in Egypt, and we’re in contact since then.
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  • I’ve taken an Italian course couple of years ago (but of course I’ve forgot everything now :D)
  • “Most Responsible” title in Prom & was nominated for most beautiful spirit too!
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