eLearning Africa 2011 Using digital stories to improve digital literacy skills

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1.Developing Digital Literacies Through Digital Storytelling in Pre-Service Teacher StudentsDaniela Gachago,Cape Peninsula University of Technology 2. 3. 2010 Faculty of Education Digital Storytelling project4. 1. What is digital literacy?Three components of digital literacy emerge from the literatureSocial awareness(understand your identity, collaborate, adapt communication to context/audience)Critical thinking(evaluating, contextualising information literacy?)Knowledge of digital tools(hard/software awareness/competence ICT literacy?)Newman, 20095. Research questionsQuantitative study: surveys and student scores6. ImagesRQ1: students perception of ICT access and skills 7. In South Africa, for students who grew up during apartheid years, issues of language and race tended to cohere with educational and economic privilege, where white students speaking English or Afrikaans as a home language tended to be the most privileged... (Alexander, 1997)8. 9. 10. RQ2: Improvement of digital literacy skillsImage from Flickr by Leif (CC)11. 12. RQ3: Contradictions13. 14. 1. What is digital literacy?Three components of digital literacy emerge from the literatureSocial awareness(understand your identity, collaborate, adapt communication to context/audience)Critical thinking(evaluating, contextualising information literacy?)Knowledge of digital tools(hard/software awareness/competence ICT literacy?)Newman, 200915. What are students existing social practices?What tools are they already using?In which language do they want to tell their stories?How should we assess our students improvement in digital literacies?16. I would like to acknowledge and thank the 2010 Digital Stories students who have made this project such a success!17. Further contact: Daniela Gachago, CPUT gachagod@cput.ac.za or gachagod@gmail.com18. ReferencesEngestroem, Y. (1987). Learning by expanding: An activity-theoretical approach to developmental research. Helsinki: Orienta-Konsultit.Leibowitz, B., Bozalek, V., Rohleder, P., Carolissen, R., & Swartz, L. (2010). Ah, but the witheys love to talk about themselves: discomfort as a pedagogy for change. Race Ethnicity and Education, 13(1), 83-100. (source of citation Alexander 1997)Mills, K. A. (2010). A Review of the Digital Turn' in the New Literacy Studies. Review of Educational Research, 80(2), 246-271. Retrieved December 12, 2010, from http://rer.sagepub.com/content/80/2/246.full.pdf+html.Newman, T. (2009). Consequences of a digital literacy review: moving from terminology to action. Retrieved May 2011 from http://www.slideshare.net/TabethaNewman/digital-literacy-literature-review-from-terminology-to-actionStreet, B. (2003). Whats new in the new literacy studies? Critical approaches to literacy in theory and practice. Current Issues in Comparative Education, 5(2), 77-91.Vygotsky, L. (1978). Mind in society. The Development of Higher Psychological Processes. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. Retrieved November 20, 2010, from http://www.stanford.edu/dept/SUSE/projects/ireport/articles/self-regulation/self-regulated learning-motivation.pdf.

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