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Digital Literacy

Digital Literacy TED Talk
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Keefe Gray

on 8 March 2011

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Transcript of Digital Literacy

Digital Literacy "Digital Literacy is the ability to understand and use information in multiple formats from a wide range of sources when it is presented via computers." - Paul Gilster John Palfrey and Urs Gasser explain it best: The digital native learns through a multistep process that involves grazing, a “deep dive,” and a feedback loop. 1) Grazing 2) Deep Dive 3) Feedback Loop “The use of technology in the classroom—and often in research—is somewhat idiosyncratic. It is often based more on the experience and comfort of the instructor, which is usually developed outside of the educational system, rather than focused on the skills required by the students.” Today’s educational system seems to follow a pattern for teaching digital literacy:
“It’s fun and cool to blog; lots of people are doing it; we know that kids get some information from blogs; therefore, blogging must have a place in our schools. This orientation is a mistake.” Universities need to encourage and reward faculty for experimenting with technology as a tool for learning. After all, the teachers know best what problems they need to solve and what opportunities they want to seize. What does the future of digital literacy look like? - We cannot predict what digital literacy will look like because we do not know what new technologies will be, and ultimately how these technologies will influence our culture. -We can ADAPT to changes in technology In the future… -The “verbs” of literacy and learning will stay the same, but the “nouns” will adapt. -The definition of “digitally literate” will focus on a students’ ability to effectively multitask; not what students learn but how they learn it -We must embrace and accept technology as a key player in students’ ability to learn -An open mind will prove to be critical in the evolution of literacy WEB 2.0! Functional Literacy Critical Literacy Rhetorical Literacy
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