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  • Zickuhr, K. (2011). Generations and their gadgets. English. Washington, D.C: Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project
  • Bridging the Digital Divide: It's more than teaching computer skills to seniors

    1. 1. Bridging theDigital Divide TechNet 2012 Bobbi Newman @librarianbyday
    2. 2. Let‟s talk aboutDigital Natives
    3. 3. Zickuhr, 2011
    4. 4. The Myth ofthe DigitalNative
    5. 5. Being digitally literate is about far more than access to technology, it is about using technology well.
    6. 6. We are floating (or sinking) in a sea of technology.
    7. 7. The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. - Alvin Toffler
    8. 8. We are exposed to moremediated messages in one daythan our great-grandparentswere exposed to in a year-Center for Media Literacy
    9. 9. DigitalLiteracy
    10. 10. 66 million Americans are withoutbasic digital literacy skills -Usdan 2012
    11. 11. You keep using that word.I do not think it means what you think it means.
    12. 12. Digital Literacy? Media Literacy Visual Literacy Computer Literacy?Technology Literacy?Information Literacy?
    13. 13. Digital Literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicateinformation, requiring both cognitive and technical skills. -ALA Digital Literacy Taskforce (2011)
    14. 14. A Digitally Literate Person: Possesses the variety of skills –technical and cognitive – required to find, understand, evaluate, create,and communicate digital information in a wide variety of formats -ALA Digital Literacy Taskforce (2011)
    15. 15. A Digitally Literate Person: Is able to use diverse technologies appropriately and effectively to retrieve information, interpretresults, and judge the quality of that information -ALA Digital Literacy Taskforce (2011)
    16. 16. A Digitally Literate Person: Understands the relationship between technology, life-longlearning, personal privacy, and stewardship of information -ALA Digital Literacy Taskforce (2011)
    17. 17. A Digitally Literate Person: Uses these skills and the appropriate technology tocommunicate and collaborate with peers, colleagues, family, and on occasion, the general public -ALA Digital Literacy Taskforce (2011)
    18. 18. A Digitally Literate Person: Uses these skills to actively participate in civic society andcontribute to a vibrant, informed, and engaged community -ALA Digital Literacy Taskforce (2011)
    19. 19. Rheingold’sFive Literacies
    20. 20. Attention
    21. 21. Participation
    22. 22. Collaboration
    23. 23. Network Smarts
    24. 24. 21st Century Skills Framework –Adapted for Libraries and Museums byInstitute of Museum and Library Services
    25. 25. Learning And Innovation
    26. 26. Information, Media, And Technology
    27. 27. Life AndCareer
    28. 28. 21stCenturyThemes
    29. 29. Hobb’s FourComponents
    30. 30. Tool Skills and Access
    31. 31. Authorship and Creation
    32. 32. Representation
    33. 33. Online socialresponsibility and digital citizenship
    34. 34. Transliteracy
    35. 35. the ability to read, write and interact across a range ofplatforms, tools and media from signing and orality throughhandwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks.
    36. 36. Privacy
    37. 37. Questions? Bobbi Newman www.librarianbyday.net
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