When I first discovered this online course, I was not sure what outcome would be expected of it. I see myself as a person of limited digital experience and not so digitally literate. I have used Skype for private communication. At my department in KI we have a web-based platform for students, but that’s about the only tools I have used. Well, for the exception of Adobe Connect Pro a couple of times, when I participated in an online distance pedagogical course GHPD 2015. This course included several new tools like Google+, Google drive, Twitter and an own blog. Those are all instruments and aids that were unknown to me. So when I got the scenario for “Topic 1”, I could definitely identify myself with that person.
The next big challenge getting in touch with my PBL group, finding a time for the first webinar and making it all work technically. The first webinar, with all it’s technical problems concerning time schedule, connection, sound and so on was a good example of a range of issues that needs to be considered in the digital world.
The person in the first scenario felt a bit doubtful about separating professional life from professional life. Maybe also about the security of the web-based world? One facilitative factor might be to be more engaged and active on the web. With more experience comes the knowledge of how to share without getting too personal.
In my research for different sources and references I found Doug Belshaw “The essential elements of digital literacies”. I’d like to focus on some interesting points he shares, that made me understand much better how to approach and understand it better. He declares that the way to develop digital literacies is to focus on peoples interests and try to get their intrinsic motivation to get the digital literacies for themselves. He found eight essential elements of digital literacies: cultural, cognitive, constructive, communicative, civic, critical, creative and confident
I found another intriguing referens on the web-site http://mediasmarts.ca/digital-media-literacy-fundamentals/digital-literacy-fundamentals a model that illustrates many interrelated elements that fall under the digital literacy umbrella. According to the author, the competencies for digital literacy can be classified into three main principles: use. understand and create.
Digital Citizenship is “character education” in a networked world, which is an essential part of active citizenship in the 21st century. To nurture digital literacy in the classroom includes the need to:
- provide students with authentic learning opportunities that are enhanced through technological tools
- position teachers as facilitators and co-learners, instead of “drill and kill” experts;
- focus teacher training on how to use technology to enhance learning and meet curricular outcomes; and
- create reasonable policies and less restrictive filters in schools so that teachers can better help students develop and exercise good judgement
These are some new inputs about the digital world I’ve discovered. I’m intrigued to continue to learn more…