Getting Started With Digital Literacies

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A follow-up to my 'Essential Elements of Digital Literacies' presentation. Less theory, more practice. :-) …

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: https://gum.co/digilit

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  • 1. GETTINGSTARTED WITHDIGITALLITERACIES DOUG BELSHAW DOUGBELSHAW.COM
  • 2. 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 in orienting to the socialeveryday life.” and cultural world.”(Street, 1984) (Lankshear, 1999)
  • 6. IN OTHER WORDS...
  • 7. OBJECTIVE SUBJECTIVE‘OUT THERE’ CONSTRUCTEDEVERLASTING TEMPORARYCAN 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. 5 1. DEFINE 2. ACCESS 3. UNDERSTAND &CREATE 5. COMMUNICATE 4. 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 Cn CoCultural Cognitive Constructive CommunicativeTHE 8 ELEMENTSOF DIGITAL LITERACIESCf Cr Ct CiConfident Creative Critical Civic
  • 17. IT’S ALL ABOUT CONTEXT.
  • 18. Cu CulturalTHE 8 ELEMENTS“The 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/affinity spaces associated with this particular context? (e.g. Facebook/email/World of Warcraft) KEY QUESTION
  • 20. Cg CognitiveTHE 8 ELEMENTS“Functional 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. Cg CognitiveTHE 8 ELEMENTS★ What kind of mental model(s) and conceptual tools would be useful in this context? KEY QUESTION
  • 22. Cn ConstructiveTHE 8 ELEMENTS“[Digital literacy is] the awareness, attitude andability of individuals to appropriately use digitaltools...in 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 this context? KEY QUESTION
  • 24. Co CommunicativeTHE 8 ELEMENTS“Digital literacy must therefore involve a systematicawareness of how digital media are constructed and ofthe unique rhetorics of interactive communication.” Buckingham (2007)
  • 25. Co CommunicativeTHE 8 ELEMENTS★ Which communication devices and technologies are necessary to be successful in 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 ELEMENTS Cf Confident
  • 27. KEY QUESTION★ Where are the opportunities to learn from mistakes in this context? What are the consequences?THE 8 ELEMENTSCfConfident
  • 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 ELEMENTS Cr Creative
  • 29. KEY QUESTION★ Where are the opportunities to ‘push the boundaries’ in this context?THE 8 ELEMENTS Cr Creative
  • 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 ELEMENTS Ct Critical
  • 31. KEY QUESTION★ Where are the opportunities for curation and 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 ELEMENTS Ci Civic
  • 33. KEY QUESTION★ What opportunities are there to ‘change the world’ for the individual/organisation/ society in this context?THE 8 ELEMENTS Ci Civic
  • 34. DIGITAL LITERACY PRACTICES CHANGE CC BY-SA [nev]EVEN IF YOU DON’T QUITEUNDERSTAND THEM CC BY-NC-SA Alain Bachellier
  • 35. TA L ES IG I RACIINDIVIDUAL D LITEINTEREST EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
  • 36. Cu Cg Cn Co Cultural Cognitive Constructive CommunicativeTHESE NEED REVISITINGTO REMAIN POWERFUL Cf Cr Ct CiConfident Creative Critical Civic
  • 37. REMEMBER!
  • 38. IT’S ALL ABOUT CONTEXT.
  • 39. DOUG BELSHAWDOUGBELSHAW.COM