Digital Literacy | Why it matters
Sildeset for discussion. Moving from a Freirian foundation to explore implications of digital literacy for civic and educational participation.
1. Digital LiteracyWHY IT MATTERSSLIDES FOR DISCUSSIONPAUL TREADWELL | FEBRUARY 2013 2. Why digital? Digital technologies are changing: The 3 rs are noHow we do businesslonger enough :How we do research How we interact witheach otherNew literacies areneeded for successful participation in democratic society. 3. What does it mean to beliterate? Acquiring literacy does not involve memorisingsentences, words or syllables but rather anattitude of creation and re-creation, a self-transformation producing a stance of intervention inones context." Paulo Freire, Education: The Practice ofFreedom (1973) 4. The essential competencies of (digital)literacyIllustration from : Digital and Media Literacy: Aplan of action. (Hobbs, 2011) 5. What is digital literacy?the use of texts, tools and technologiesthe skills of critical thinking and analysiscognitive,the practice of message composition and emotional and creativitythe ability to engage in reflection andsocial ethical thinking competencies active participation through teamworkthat include:and collaboration. From: Digital and Media Literacy: A planof action. (Hobbs, 2011) 6. Or, put another way Digital Literacy encompasses : Knowledge of tools Critical thinking Social engagementFrom Tabetha Newman, with changes by Josie Fraserhttp://fraser.typepad.com/socialtech/2012/03/digital-literacy-practice.html 7. A Digitally Literate Person:Possesses the variety of skills technical and cognitive required to find,understand, evaluate, create, and communicate digital information in a widevariety of formats;Is able to use diverse technologies appropriately and effectively to retrieveinformation, interpret results, and judge the quality of that information;Understands the relationship between technology, life-long learning, personalprivacy, and stewardship of information;Uses these skills and the appropriate technology to communicate and collaboratewith peers, colleagues, family, and on occasion, the general public; andUses these skills to actively participate in civic society and contribute to a vibrant,informed, and engaged community. From The American Library Associationhttp://connect.ala.org/node/140464 8. Stacking literacies an inversepyramid.Illustration from:Toward Information LiteracyIndicators Catts,R. and Lau,J.Unesco Paris,2008 9. How we learn abouttechnologyMost 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 DigitalDivide Among Adults With Low Education Attainment. 2008How do youth learn to use technology?What are the implications of this for any digital literacy work? Is ad hoc and peer learning adequate? 10. Ramping up AKA THE DIGITALaccess DIVIDE 11. Broadbandexpress@yourlibrary NYS Funded 2010-BTOP 01/31/2013 funded 30 public libraries project 5 mobile labs 12. OSU MobileComputer LabFunded by BTOPProviding access and training in ruralareasTied to additional teaching efforts atpublic libraryhttp://extension.oregonstate.edu/crook/crook- county-mobil-computer-lab-education-wheels 13. Digital and local While technologies may collapse distance, we stilllive in a particular place at a specific time Balancing literacy educations to respect both theinterconnectedness, and locality, of life is thechallenge facing us today. 14. ChallengesNew literacies bridge local and globalknowledge and concernsWe already participate in some facets ofthis work Is new literacy education consistent with ourmission?And, digital literacy development aloneis not enough. 15. From physical access to creativeengagement From Media Awareness Network http://mediasmarts.ca/sites/default/files/pdfs/publication-report/full/digitalliteracypaper.pdf 16. Resources DigitalLiteracy.Gov http://www.digitalliteracy.gov/ Digital Literacy in NewYork http://www.diglitny.org/Digital Literacy Standards for New Yorkers http://bit.ly/VxEJP3Microsoft Digital LiteracyCurriculum http://bit.ly/WCtLW8Digital & Medial Literacy: http://www.knightcomm.org/digital-and- A Plan of Actionmedia-literacy-a-plan-of-action/ 17. 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Literacy in a digital world: Teaching and learning in the age of information. Mahwah, N.J:Lawrence Erlbaum.Williamson, Andy. 2007. Empowering communities to action Reclaiming local democracy through ICT. :Pp. 110 in Communities and Action: Prato CIRN Conference 2007. 18. ContactPaul Treadwellpt36@cornell.edu@ptreadwellhttp://www.paultreadwell.comDigital literacy and extension: bookmarks http://groups.diigo.com/group/digital-literacy_extension