According to the American Library Association Digital Literacy is defined as “the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills.”
I was perusing a web article What Digital Literacy Looks Like in a Classroom by Brianna Crowley long time educator and she had inserted this link for a hilarious video: Life After Death by Powerpoint . It’s funny but it is also sobering in that when I was in high school I saw a lot of the “don’ts” on powerpoint presentations and I also saw them when I was a freshman in college. One would naturally think by the time a person was a freshman in college they would understood the do’s and don’ts of Powerpoint but this is simply not the case. Is it the fault of the teacher for not teaching digital literacy to their students or is it the fault of the student for not listening when the teacher gave a lesson on the do’s and don’ts?
As our country becomes more technologically driven so do our classrooms. I am a future educator so I am a little focused on the classroom right now but it really isn’t just our classrooms that are technologically driven. Businesses, colleges, churches, even airports are scrambling to stay up to date with the latest technology or improve upon their current technology. As technology continually changes it is important to remain digitally literate in order to survive. However, I do not believe technology is the only tool in a teacher or anyone’s belt. I survived my high school sophomore English class without any technology, and it did not affect my learning at all. While I do think it is important to be digitally literate in whatever field one works in, I don’t think we should be become digitally dependent.
I must admit I am not a huge technology person, and that I just got a twitter a few days ago, so I might be a little biased when it comes to technology. There is just so much new technology out there that I am a little overwhelmed by it all. I took a technology class and am currently taking another one ,and some of the new technology that I learned to use I did not even know existed. I’d like to learn new ways of doing things, because everybody learns a different way, and if I can find fun engaging ways to teach my future students I am all for it. In order for me and whoever is reading this to become digitally fluent we need to spend more time learning new technology and how to use it. Not everyone has the time or the access, but we should spare the time to learn the technology we do have, because we live and work in a society where technology and digital literacy/fluency is at the top of everyone’s priority list.