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Digital literacy can have many different definitions. The first is the ability to locate, evaluate, use, or create information on a technological device or network. The second would be able to use computers as a way of presenting information in different formats and with a wide variety of sources. The third way is a person’s ability to understand data, images, and media information and turn it into an applied knowledge. These are the best definitions that are able to define the multiple different means of digital literacy.
Digital literacy is constructed of several different elements. The biggest element is that technology is everywhere. Technology is always around us. Our generation and younger will be very tech savvy in future year. This means that as teachers we will need to incorporate tech into their classrooms in several different way. Technology can be use for creativity in the classroom (such as making a comic strip). It can also be used for promote civilized and proper responsibilities. Or technology can also help students for a more professional responsibility on social media sites.
I like to think that I know some about digital literacy. Especially since starting college, I find books, journals, professional websites all online. At the same time, I am no very talented with technology. I would like to learn how to be more tech savvy. Having a greater understand of technology would be very useful in my future classroom. I think I will be able to be more tech savvy if I attend workshops that demonstrate how to use new technology. This way I am able to have some sort of prior experience before having it in my classroom.
Digital fluency is slightly different than digital literacy. The main difference is the level information one has. It can be defined as a person who can utilize specific technologies to accomplish their goal. As digital fluent person will also know how to access or find information at a fast rate. They can accept a critique of the information their gathered as good or bad. They might be able to produce digital content. Digital fluency also has an easier time of creating an effect response for the intended audience. They are also able to utilize technology responsible. Some of these are ways to see if a student id digitally fluent.
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