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Competencies of Digital Literacy

on April 7, 2013

This post helped me focus on what digital literacy looks like.

One commenter had an astute post:

“I think these are all worthwhile skills, though I think the students are conflating functional digital literacy with the figurative sense of literacy (critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and other skills). Some have nothing to do with literacy at all. Championing net neutrality? Creating technology policy? Learning from peers? I’ll admit that these are incredibly important things to learn (and things that I stress in my interactions with students), but calling them “literacies” just muddies the waters.

FWIW, I think digital literacy has two meanings. Very roughly, the first is the functional sense: digital literacy is the ability to use digital technology to communicate. The second is the figurative sense: digital literacy refers to the evaluative skills that are required for effectively using and producing information in the digital environment.”


What’s an effective way to teach students that simply having the technical skills is only part of the battle?  It’s kind of like teaching them to read in the first place:  simply saying the words isn’t the same as understanding, evaluating, and synthesizing.  


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