Digital Fluency

The term digital fluency can be determined by looking at each word individually. The word ‘Digital’ such as using technology and the internet, as well as the word ‘Fluency’ where if we are fluent in something then we are able to do something well or in manner that doesn’t prevent us from achieving what we want. So the term ‘Digital Fluency’ is describes as being fluent in using digital technology and digital items such as smart phones, laptops or the internet.

Personally I believe that I’m quite fluent at using digital technology, as i grew up in a world where were people were experimenting with and developing different types of digital technology. A way that we can help students develop digital fluency in the classroom is by giving them access to the different components and devices which then allows them to become familiar with technology and use in a correct and sensible way. Children will learn about all the different types of technology they may encounter in other aspects of their lives and gain an extensive amount of knowledge about technology that they may need when they leave school.

Some interesting information that I have been able to find on digital fluency includes a Pinterest website that represents many different aspects of digital fluency.

http://www.pinterest.com/kmakice/digital-fluency/

Since I believe that I’m quite fluent at using digital technology then hopefully it will make it easier for me to teach students how to use digital technology as well!

 

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Reference:

Google Images. (2014). Being Skills, Being Literate, Being Fluent [Image]. Retrieved from http://langwitches.org/blog/2013/02/18/skilled-literate-fluent-in-the-digital-world/

 

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Digital Information

This week I had a look at the topic of digital information. At first I thought “What is digital information?” so I did a bit of research and I came up with a definition that digital information is any type of information that is stored in a digital form or information that we find online or using digital technology.

One of my tasks this week was to create a Pinterest page that represents some of the digital information that we encounter. It’s incredible the amount of stuff that you can find online. I was able to include information on social networking sites such as facebook, twitter, youtube and even a wordpress page. There was information about teaching kids to use digital techonology and resources such as apps for the iPad that kids can use. I was also able to find information about topics that I have already discussed in my previous blogs such as digital security and the digital divide.

Here is a link to my Pinterest site that represents some digital information that we encounter.
Pinterest – Digital information we encounter

I was mind blown at the amount of digital information that I was able to find online and it really shows how we are moving forward with digital technologies.
Sometimes it is also important that we don’t overuse digital technology or become to involved with it. Here is a quick YouTube video that shows some statistics on how people are using digital technology everyday and all the digital information that they can find. There is also a point about people becoming ‘Digital Junkies’ where they are using digital information instead of books and other resources.

Reference:

Le Pierres, M. (2012). Digital Junkie- Information Overload (Video File). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxfGuZ5Bsgk

Participation and the Digital Divide

Here is an excellent video that describes up exactly what the digital divide is.

This week I’ve been reading and thinking about the digital divide. The digital divide in its simplest form is people who are able to experience digital technology and those who aren’t.

There are many aspects that make up the digital divide, such as where people live (Urban area or Rural area), or whether families can afford digital technologies. There are people who don’t get to use digital technologies at home, and people who can afford digital technologies such as iPads and computers. The people who can’t afford these technologies or aren’t allowed these technologies, aren’t able have the experiences that other people can.
I have grown up in a household where digital technology was always around. I have been able to experience most aspects of it although I always had classmates who did not get to experience the same things that I did.
There are also people who have access to digital technologies although do not have the skills or abilities to use them.

Although I believe digital technology is an exceptional thing which shows how the world is evolving. It also has many negative aspects and the digital divide is just one of them. Digital technologies can be expensive and not everyone get to participate in the digital world.

Reference:

Martz, K & Ligett, E. (February 23, 2012). The Digital Divide in Education [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1YLPL0KOWE

Digital Security

Digital security involves many things such as scammers/hackers, cyber bullying and identity theft. Watching the video this week about securing your digital identity was very eye-opening. A celebrity had his entire digital life wiped out by hackers. They tried to get into his twitter account and they used other accounts to wipe his iPhone, iPad and mac book computer. It’s amazing what hackers can do with just a small amount of information. There are many ways that scammers are able to fool people into giving them their information. They ring up and pretend to be someone else (a company that your involved with etc) and ask for your details such as your name and address. They can also go through the mail in your mail box and when they have enough information they are able to find your accounts and hack into them. Using online shopping sites is also where you will find a lot of scammers. A site such as eBay where people sell products and merchandise online, they can advertise a product and receive your payment but then the product is never sent.

Bullying is also a part of today’s society, and with the launch of social networking it has also introduced a thing called “cyber bullying”. Cyber bullying is where people can go onto social networking sites such as Facebook or twitter and they can post things to people or about people and it can have very serious consequences.
There are many advantages to online technology although there are also many disadvantages such as scammers and cyber bullying. Learning about digital security this week has made me think about my own digital security. How easy would it be for a hacker to find my accounts? Am I vulnerable to cyber bullying? It has given a large insight into the topic and I have come away with a great deal of information.

Reference:

Tekzilla. (August 8, 2012). Don’t Get Hacked! Secure Your Digital Identity [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xHTJ7iSRBA&feature=youtu.be

Living and Learning in the Digital World at Curtin