“Digital literacy is the knowledge, skills, and behaviors used in a broad range of digital devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop PCs, all of which are seen as a network rather than computing devices.” (Wikipedia) What is digital literacy? To break the term down, “digital” “(of signals or data) is expressed as series of the digits 0 and 1, typically represented by values of a physical quantity such as voltage or magnetic polarization.” (Wikipedia) I don’t think I’ve said the word digital since I was in middle school and I had a digital camera (because my flip phone didn’t have a camera on it.) When I hear the term digital I think of technology—digital clocks, digital watch, digital camera, digital smart TV, DVD’s, CD’s, the list goes on! Literacy is “the ability to read and write” and “competence or knowledge in a specific area” (Wikipedia). Literacy is a way that language arts is taught and expressed. So overall, digital literacy is being knowledgeable enough of technology to apply it as a beneficial learning accessory.
Should we teach digital literacy in the classroom? ‘”A person’s ability to perform tasks effectively in a digital environment … includes the ability to read and interpret media, to reproduce data and images through digital manipulation, and to evaluate and apply new knowledge gained from digital environments.”’ — Barbara R. Jones-Kavalier and Suzanne L. Flannigan: Connecting the Digital Dots.’ –[Digital Literacy in the classroom] Whether we are ready, life is continuing, and technology is being included and depended on more and more. Each year, there are new ideas and new resources and technology and apps. Digital fluency (key word fluency) is directed to the idea that an individual can understand, select, and analyze the use and purpose of technology. Having said, the personal essentials for digital learning are simple. Analyze: is this source reliable? What kind of digital community is this? Is this an informative or persuasive written source? Understanding: is this source clear or is it a bunch of junk? What is the source trying to say? Do I understand the topic before sharing/posting/commenting it? What is the message(s) I got from this source? Select: select what stood out. In a paragraph, there may have only been a sentence or even a word that is rich. Select what is relevant! Dissect and explore the opportunity that technology could offer. Select what you want to be apart of and how you can make a difference.