Digilit Leicester: Supporting teachers, promoting digital literacy, transforming learning
Digital Literacy is now understood as an essential skill for 21st century citizens, as the effective use of technology is increasingly critical from social, economic, cultural & political perspectives. This is true in terms of the opportunities digital literacy affords individuals, as well as for cities & larger regions. There are many definitions of digital literacy. In one of the earliest (2006), Allan Martin defined Digital Literacy as “… the awareness, attitude & ability of individuals to appropriately use digital tools & facilities to identify, access, manage, integrate, evaluate, analyse & synthesise digital resources, construct new knowledge, create media expressions, & communicate with others in the context of specific life situations, in order to enable constructive social action; & to reflect upon this process.”
Bélisle, C. (2006) “Literacy & the Digital Knowledge Revolution” in Martin & Madigan, 2006: 51-67). He defines these as Functional – the functional & practical skills required to function within a community; Socio-cultural – as literacy being meaningful only within a social context, & facilitating access to cultural, economic & political structures; & Transformational – that new ways of seeing & thinking about the world become possible as new cognitive & processing tools come into play.
Supporting critical & confident engagement with technological environments & tools – prioratising the role of networked learning environments - is a practical way that we can recognise & meet the challenges of our changed social l&scape, attend to the issues around inequality & e-safety, & take advantage of the many opportunities for more effective & engaging learning experiences. Promoting engagement in networked learning practices both supports the development of digital literacy, & ensures that people can create & engage in networks that are specific to their personal needs. It also ensures that resource is spent most effectively – equipping people & communities with the practical & critical skills to determine their own developmental networks. Engaging in practice which supports & helps build capacity into organisations is a good thing at the best of times; during times of economic uncertainty it becomes a critical strategy
Edubits 2013 - Apresentação de Josie Fraser
Digital Literacies in Practice: Making Change Happen Josie Fraser ICT Strategy Lead (Children’s Capital), Leicester City Council 6 April 2013
Building Schools for the Future• Approximately £340 million capital build programme• 25 secondary school sites - including Secondary Behavioural Support Service, SEN, Hospital school• 20,000 learner places – all building works completed by 2015
“Digital Competence can be broadly defined as theconfident, critical and creative use of ICT toachieve goals related to work, employability,learning, leisure, inclusion and/or participation insociety. DC is a transversal key competencewhich, as such, enables acquiring other keycompetences (e.g. language, maths, learning tolearn, creativity). It is amongst the so-called 21stCentury skills which should be acquired by allcitizens, to ensure their active socio-economicparticipation in society and the economy” European Commission, Directorate General for Education and Culture
digital literacy =digital tool knowledge + critical thinking + social engagement
three models of literacyFunctionalSocio-culturalTransformationalBélisle, C. (2006) “Literacy & the Digital Knowledge Revolution” in Martin &Madigan, 2006: 51-67Martin & Grudziecki, DigEuLit: Concepts & Tools for Digital Literacy Development(PDF)
digital literacy framework2 year Knowledge Exchange Partnership:•Schools & school communities acrossLeicester City•Lucy Atkins – Digital Literacy ResearchAssociate•Josie Fraser – Leicester City Council•Richard Hall – De Montfort University
digital literacy survey• What does digital literacy look like in practice?• What are the current strengths and gaps across city schools?• How can we best support staff in developing digital literacy skills and confidence?
developing skills, competences & confidence:• For individuals, departments, schools & city-wide• Supporting innovation & expert practitioners• Building capacity & sharing resource• Equipping staff & learners to engage with & create learning appropriate networks• Raising the baseline across the city
(very) next stepsApril 2013:Survey open for all staffMarch 2013:Framework & survey information releasedas an Open Educational ResourceSeptember 2013:First data analysis report