Getting Started With Digital Literacies

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A follow-up to my 'Essential Elements of Digital Literacies' presentation. Less theory, more practice. :-) Since this presentation, I've written an e-book entitled 'The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies' that you may want to check out:


1.GETTINGSTARTED WITHDIGITALLITERACIESDOUGBELSHAWDOUGBELSHAW.COM2. AN OVERVIEWIN ONE SLIDE1. DIGITAL LITERACIES ARE SUBJECTIVE AND CAN CHANGE.2. DEFINING DIGITAL LITERACIES IS THE FIRST OF FIVE STEPS.3. DEFINITIONS NEED TO BE CO-CREATED TO HAVE POWER.4. CONTEXT IS IMPORTANT WHEN DEFINING DIGITAL LITERACIES. 3. WHAT AREDIGITAL LITERACIES? 4. Literacy is a characteristic acquired byindividuals in varying degrees from just abovenone to an indeterminate upper level. Someindividuals are more or less literate thanothers but it is really not possible to speak ofilliterate and literate persons as two distinctcategories. (UNESCO, 1957) 5. AUTONOMOUS IDEOLOGICAL[Literacy as] independent [Literacy as] an activeof and impartial towards relationship or a way oftrends and struggles inorienting to the socialeveryday life.and cultural world.(Street, 1984)(Lankshear, 1999) 6. IN OTHER WORDS... 7. OBJECTIVESUBJECTIVEOUT THERECONSTRUCTEDEVERLASTINGTEMPORARYCAN BE DELIVERED NEED TO BE DEVELOPED 8. DIGITAL LITERACIES AREIDEOLOGICALAND CONSTRUCTED, TEMPORARY& NEED TO BE DEVELOPEDSUBJECTIVE 9. 5MODEL PROCESS STEP (SEE NEWMAN, 2009: HTTP://SLIDESHA.RE/NISDTV) 10. 51. DEFINE2. ACCESS3. UNDERSTAND&CREATE 5. COMMUNICATE4. EVALUATE 11. DEFINE 12. DEFINITIONSNEED TO BECO-CONSTRUCTED 13. THERE IS NO RIGHT ANSWER... 14. Updating of understanding and competence will benecessary as individual circumstances change, andas changes in the digital information environmentbring the need for new fresh understanding and newcompetencies; as Martin (2006a) puts it, digitalliteracy is "a condition, not a threshold".(Bawden, 2008) 15. FROM THE RESEARCH...**SEE HTTP://NEVERENDINGTHESIS.COM 16. Cu Cg CnCoCultural Cognitive Constructive CommunicativeTHE 8 ELEMENTSOF DIGITAL LITERACIESCf Cr Ct CiCondent CreativeCritical Civic 17. ITS ALL ABOUT CONTEXT. 18. Cu CulturalTHE 8 ELEMENTSThe nature of literacy in a culture is repeatedlyredefined as the result of technologicalchanges.Hannon (2000) 19. CuCulturalTHE 8 ELEMENTS What are the various digital cultures/affinityspaces associated with this particularcontext? (e.g. Facebook/email/World of Warcraft) KEY QUESTION 20. Cg CognitiveTHE 8 ELEMENTSFunctional internet literacy is not the abilityto use a set of technical tools; rather, it is theability to use a set of cognitive tools. Johnson (2008) 21. CgCognitiveTHE 8 ELEMENTS What kind of mental model(s) andconceptual tools would be useful in thiscontext?KEY QUESTION 22. CnConstructiveTHE 8 ELEMENTS[Digital literacy is] the awareness, attitude andability of individuals to appropriately use order to enable constructive social action.DigEuLit project, quoted in Martin (2006) 23. Cn ConstructiveTHE 8 ELEMENTS Where are the opportunities to create new(or remix existing) artefacts in thiscontext?KEY QUESTION 24. CoCommunicativeTHE 8 ELEMENTSDigital literacy must therefore involve a systematicawareness of how digital media are constructed and ofthe unique rhetorics of interactive communication. Buckingham (2007) 25. CoCommunicativeTHE 8 ELEMENTS Which communication devices andtechnologies are necessary to be successfulin this context? What are the nuts & bolts?KEY QUESTION 26. Modern society is increasingly looking to [people] whocan confidently solve problems and manage their ownlearning throughout their lives, the very qualities which ICTsupremely is able to promote. OECD (2001)THE 8 ELEMENTSCf Condent 27. KEY QUESTION Where are the opportunities to learn from mistakes in this context? What are the consequences?THE 8 ELEMENTSCfCondent 28. The creative adoption of new technology requires teacherswho are willing to take risks... a professional culture that isdominated by a prescriptive curriculum, routine practices... anda tight target-setting regime, is unlikely to be helpful. Conlon & Simpson (2003)THE 8 ELEMENTSCrCreative 29. KEY QUESTION Where are the opportunities to push theboundaries in this context?THE 8 ELEMENTSCrCreative 30. Once we see that online texts are not exactly written orspoken, we begin to understand that cyberliteracy requires aspecial form of critical thinking. Communication in the onlineworld is not quite like anything else.Gurak (2001)THE 8 ELEMENTSCtCritical 31. KEY QUESTION Where are the opportunities for curationand self-reflection in this context?THE 8 ELEMENTS Ct Critical 32. The ability to understand and make use of ICT - digitalliteracy - is proving essential to employment success, civicparticipation, accessing entertainment, and education.Mehlman (2007)THE 8 ELEMENTSCi Civic 33. KEY QUESTION What opportunities are there to change theworld for the individual/organisation/society in this context?THE 8 ELEMENTSCiCivic 34. DIGITAL LITERACY PRACTICES CHANGE CC BY-SA [nev]EVEN IF YOU DONT QUITEUNDERSTAND THEMCC BY-NC-SAAlain Bachellier 35. TA L ES IG I RACIINDIVIDUALD LITEINTEREST EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS 36. CuCg CnCo Cultural Cognitive Constructive CommunicativeTHESE NEED REVISITINGTO REMAIN POWERFUL Cf Cr Ct CiCondentCreativeCritical Civic 37. REMEMBER! 38. ITS ALL ABOUT CONTEXT. 39. DOUGBELSHAWDOUGBELSHAW.COM


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