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.”
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.