Digital Literacies for online learning

According to Wikipedia, digital literacies refer to an individual’s ability to find, evaluate, produce and communicate clear information through writing and other forms of communication on various digital platforms. I believe that Wikipedia’s definition is perfectly describing digital literacies, because it merges between the meanings of the words, literacies and digital. To illustrate, literacies basically are reading and writing skills, while the word digital shows that these reading and writing skills are applied on digital platforms. That is why when I read the definition of digital literacies I was about to mix between the definitions of digital literacies and digital skills. Digital skills are any skills related to being digitally literate no matter how this skill is small. This means that some people might have digital skills, but they are not necessarily digitally literate.

Digital literacies, and digital skills are not everything needed to use technology. Digital fluency also is needed; it refers to being flexible, accurate, efficient, and appropriate. In my opinion, digital fluency is a guide for using the internet and technologies. To wrap up, digital skills are the minor skills that anyone could have to deal with technology, while developing these skills is the digital literacies, and the way these skills are used is the digital fluency.

Across the different elements of digital literacies, I find the cultural element the most important one, because developing this element gives better understanding to how an individual should behave while using digital platforms. For instance, my personal use of Twitter would be different from my academic use. Also, culture context should be respected; so, if I am blogging from Egypt I should be aware of the norms and values as it affects my usage of technology.

References:

1-     http://blog.core-ed.org/blog/2015/10/what-is-digital-fluency.html

I liked this source a lot, because it is so organized and highly credible since it is (.org)

2-     https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/knowledge-hub/digital-literacies

The second source was good as it provides detailed information. However, the definition it provided for the digital literacies was not strong as the other sources

3-     https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/11/09/what-is-digital-literacy.html

I liked this source also because its credibility and organization.

4-     https://www.skillsyouneed.com/rhubarb/digital-skills-modern-workplace.html

Reading from this source was interesting, because it is organized in the form of questions and answers which is not boring.

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