What is digital literacy?
Digital literacy means that a person is capable of knowing how to operate simple functions (turn on/off, reset, upload, download files), use basic software (word, excel, power point) troubleshoot minor problems, communicate properly (email, text, Fb, etc.), research (discernment between reliable and non-reliable information with regards to the use of a technology device (computer, smartphone, tablet, and the use of internet).
What are the distinctions between traditional and digital literacy?
Traditional literacy encompasses the basic writing, reading, speaking, and math skills that all human needs to survive and succeed in a competitive society and digital literacy is the necessary technological skills to being able to communicate with everyone within our community as well as the outside world. To be digital literate, the person needs to be able to be traditional literate. I believe that a person that is traditionally literate should be able to adapt to the technological digital demands of today’s applications and I also believe that a person that is digital literate is able to learn how to be a traditional literate.
Which digital literacies are essential for teaching today?
- Discernment between reliable and non-reliable source.
- Methods to do a proper research of information.
- Avoid cut and paste.
- Cultivate creativity.
- Promote communication