Proposal of activities to be used to educate others in achieving strategies to create a smart image and build the skills to improve
digital literacy on the web!
The digital identity has become a hot issue, especially now that there is a generalized
use of multiple social media services. Every time we visit a website, we make
comments, or we upload photos, we leave track of our personality. All the traces, which
we willingly, but not always consciously, leave in electronic environments, deﬁne our
digital identity. The way we manage all this data can affect us for the good, resulting, for
instance, in the enrichment of our personal learning networking (PLN); but also for the
bad, causing great harm to our reputation, or even ending in the loss of a job or an
opportunity. This matter is of great importance when we deal with young students, since
they are actively participating in social media without, often, understanding the
particularities of the medium and the implications that may result from misuse. !
A digital literate person has the ability to manage the information overload effectively
and critically navigate to ﬁnd and create information using a wide range of digital
technologies. The use of common sense, as well as skills on technology agents such as
social bookmarking, content curation, RSS mash-up tools etc., is the premise to create
the different activities. The teacher’s role is that of a facilitator, to provide the learner the
know-how on these tools and critical thought.!
KEYWORDS: digital identity, digital literacy, online reputation, digital ﬂuency, critical
thinking, PLE, CLIL.!
Digital identity and digital literacy are ideal content to be taught with CLIL methodology. As
it is pointed out in Coyle’s (2005) framework, CLIL should consider content, cognition,
communication and culture, elements which all arise when dealing with DI and DL.!
PROCEDURE, MATERIAL and PURPOSE
è Video material (Digitalfoot intro, Tagged)!
è Exposure to case-stories spread by the media.
!(ending in positive and also negative consequences) !
✗ To make vivid the dangers of using photo-sharing
!service unconsciously !
✓To highlight the professional as well as learning
!opportunities a good use of our image can bring !
è Problem-solving activities: Learning by construction
!rather than instruction, Marsh (2005)!
è Debates: To provoke reﬂection on how these !virtual
!places we inhabit can not be separated !from our real
!world, and ultimately, make students apprehend that
!what we perform online affects our analogue lives. !
è The activities can be structured in sixty- !minute sessions,
!and the resources (video, photos and stories) used are all
!found on the web. !
Aim: giving students strategies to build an effective
!and !positive digital identity as well as improving their skills
!on digital literacy. !
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Mónica Vallín Blanco!
EFL teacher at Col·legi Sant Miquel dels Sants (Vic)!
Digital Interactive Communication Doctorate Programme (Uvic)!
When learners explore their digital identities they tackle important issues that it is
claimed in CLIL methodology as essential, such as the links between language
and cultural identity, examining behaviours, attitudes and values. It can
strengthen intercultural understanding and promotes global citizenship. !
For Mehisto (2012) creating opportunities for meaningful learning is connected to
the use of authentic language. He mentions elements such as authentic input,
motivating content, learner autonomy, collaboration, formative assessment, focus
on ﬂuency and critical thinking as fundamental to foster effective learning
processes. Digital identity and literacy is a point that appears to have all the
ingredients that CLIC philosophy celebrates.!
HEPCLIL – 2014 27 – 28 March Universitat de Vic !