Teaching New Literacy in Digital Environment (Digital Literacy)

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Teaching New Literacy in a Digital Environment

IntroductionExperts in Education have identified the revolutionary in knowing and learning. The FIRST revolution came with THE INVENTION OF LANGUAGE. This refers to the earliest humans using facial and body actions along with unformed sounds in order to relate with fellow humans. Through time, they formed words to relay their ideas, feelings and desires.

The second revolution came in the fifteenth century with the advent of printing.

The Third revolution came only during the last decades of 20th century.

Information and communication technology is the term used for high technologies for information and communication, including computers, mobile phones, video games, the Internet World Wide Web. Children born in 21st century have started to develop skills in creating and maintaining virtual relationships, while multitasking or doing multiple digital tasks.

The meaning of Digital Teaching-and-Learning

The advent of ICT appears to have created a big problem in our schools today. The problem is the rapidly growing gap between young people in the classroom and the adult teachers who teach them.

Discovering the digital worldTeachers have to realize that ICT has started to create a 21st century digital world, and they are obliged to teach the new generation of learners to be successful in this kind of world.

a) Open various search engines and use them for looking at information you wish to know.b) Open social network sitesc) Open blog sites for writings of so many interests.d) Look for music and download free musice) Look for current news and historical events f) Try online commerce and see the wide range of products available for purchase especially books. g) Play video gamesh) Look for education sites.

Digital literacies- Refer to reading and writing, using electronic extensions-reading through monitor screen and Internet surfing and writing trough texting, keyboarding, emailing, blogging, editing, photo-video postings (Anderson, 2010)

More specifically forming part of digital literacies are:1. Use of skills to create and share information

2. Searching, sifting, scanning and sorting information3. Navigating screens of information

4. Locating and evaluating information

5. Using ICT for research and problem-solving

6. Making power point and other multimedia presentations

7. Retrieving, organizing, managing, and creating information

8. Sending and receiving messages

Literacy to fluencyInformation FluencyThis is ability to access digital information with the use of searching and surfing skills. This uses a wide variety of digital tools such as computers, cellphones, and handheld devices.Fluency includes the critical evaluation of dataSolution FluencyThis is about whole-brain creative and problem solving thinkingCollaboration FluencyThis is proficiency in working as a team with virtual or real partners using social networking sites and online gaming domainsMedia ProficiencyThis is the ability for analytic interpretation of the message of communication media; also the ability to create and publish original digital products, such as a personal blog or journal.Digital publishers need to know the principles of effective design for print, sound, video, web sites and 3-D environments.Creativity FluencyThis is artistic proficiency through design, art, and storytelling


According to the 21st century fluency, learning in a student-centered setting can optimize learning by way of: Simulating the real experience , giving a talk , participating in a discussion seeing it done on a location, watching a demonstration, looking at an exhibit, watching a movie, viewing pictures, hearing words and reading

A Shift from

Knowledge transmitter

Primary source of information

Control and management of learningTo:

Facilitator, collaborator, coach

Navigator of knowledge, co-learner

Teacher gives students options & responsibilities for their own learning

A Shift from

Passive recipient of knowledge

Recall of knowledge

Individual learningTo:

Active participant in learning

Producing knowledge

Collaborate learning

INTERNET LEARNING ACTIVITIESInquiry-oriented cooperative learning. WebQuestsThemaic Web CollectionsOpen-minded, student-direct

5. Publishing original ideas and thoughts.6. Field trips.7. Project-based learning is one method among others, which has been proposed in order to involved students on an inquiry process.

Among the key features of effective projects are:Use of essential skills and tools, including technologySpecific outcomes that solve problems, explain issues, present information gathered through investigation, research and reasoning.Multiple products needing feedback and opportunities; performance based assessmentsCollaboration in small groups, student presentations, and class evaluation of project outcomes.

MATSALA ! ;)Prepared and report by: Jovelyn Valdez and Ariane Judith Agraan