Information Literacy

What new technologies and skills bridge between traditional and digital information literacy in schools and society?

          My understanding of traditional information literacy is the ability to read and trust the info of a textbook, novel, newspaper, magazines, or printed articles provided by a teacher, friend, or a parent. We found these resources to be reliable resources because we assume they were dependable and we never questioned their authority.  As we pass through the younger years of schooling, students learn to trust the source of information because most of us had been trained to count on our teachers or elders. With the development of new smartphones, Wi-Fi, hotspots, touch screen, fingerprint capabilities, increase of memory and addition of external devices to computers, people, in general, use their basic informal and formal reading, writing, and speaking to being able to identify important and non-important information.  The difference now is that information is readily available and we don’t have to wait until someone provides it to us. We have become the authority on deciding between reliable and no reliable information Those who desire informational knowledge can seek it by having an understanding how to remove the useless from the useful resources. In other words, our traditional literacy teaches us to have a brain filter that allows us to categorize all types of information.

How will students become technology literate within traditional classrooms?

         What is a traditional classroom?  It is a learning space in which the teacher provides face-to-face instruction to students and communication between and among teacher and students is face to face. Based on this definition, apparently, there will not be any type of technology literacy training unless the changes of the classroom environment modify. The gatekeeper of knowledge, the teacher, must be able to provide the students with the proper instruction on how to safely use technology for the student to be accountable for their learning. The teacher must also be a proficient technology user if the teacher wants to make a positive impact on the student’s learning. The administration, district, and board members also play a role in the student’s learning because they are the appointed person by the community to provide with the technological tools for students to use in the classroom. Technological literacy starts at a young age and it keeps developing as the child grows. I do believe that there is a transition from being a traditional classroom to being a zygote of a traditional and technological classroom.

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