Digital and media literacy

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Digital and media literacy - using the document "Digital and Medial Literacy : a plan of action" by Renee Hobbs, this presentation explores some of the issues of digital literacy education.


1. Digital and Media Literacy
Redeeming the promise of technology
2. Why literacy?
Acquiring literacy does not involve memorising sentences, words or syllables but rather an attitude of creation and re-creation, a self-transformation producing a stance of intervention in one's context." Paulo Freire, Education: The Practice of Freedom (1973)
3. Why digital?
The 3 rs are no longer enough :
Digital technologies are changing:
How we do business
How we do research
How we interact with each other
All demand a new literacy for successful participation in a democratic society.
4. What is digital literacy?
cognitive, emotional and social competencies that include:
the use of texts, tools and technologies
the skills of critical thinking and analysis
the practice of message composition and creativity
the ability to engage in reflection and ethical thinking
active participation through teamwork and collaboration.
From: Digital and Media Literacy: A plan of action. (Hobbs, 2011)
5. The essential competencies of digital literacy
Back to Freire and a stance of intervention in ones context. The uncompleted cycle is the unrealized potential.
Illustration from : Digital and Media Literacy: A plan of action. (Hobbs, 2011)
6. Building literacies an inverse pyramid.
(there is a cultural bias here in the 3rs is it necessary to be able to read and write in order to be digitally literate?)
Illustration from:
Toward Information Literacy Indicators Catts,R. and Lau,J. Unesco Paris,2008
7. How we learn about technology
Most adults born before 1968 learn computer skills informally, or at work, while younger users are taught in school.
Strawn,C. The Relationship Between Literacy Proficiency and the Digital Divide Among Adults With Low Education Attainment. 2008
What are the implications of this for any digital literacy work?
8. A concern
Will people be able to transfer self-developed digital skills beyond their affinity groups, etc?
What is necessary to facilitate the skillful use of digital technologies?
9. Acceptable technologies?
Revive audio as a delivery form
Explore games as learning
Unite what is learned online with what is enacted locally
Creatively engage in a variety of bandwidths
Not just desktop or videoconferencing
Text messaging, audiocasting for mobile phones
10. A questionable statement?
Digital and media literacy education requires and supports the practices of reading comprehension and writing.
From: Digital and Media Literacy: A plan of action. (Hobbs, 2011)
11. Digital and local
While technologies may collapse distance, we still live in a particular place at a specific time
Balancing literacy educations to respect both the interconnectedness, and locality, of life is the challenge facing us today.
12. Challenges
New literacies bridge local and global knowledge and concerns
We already participate in some facets of this work
Is new literacy education consistent with our mission?
13. Contact
Paul Treadwell
Digital literacy and extension: bookmarks


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