Technology Literacy? Digital Literacy? Digital Fluency? Why is it important to our new general education curriculum?
When Bringing Your Own Device is Not Enough: Identifying What Digital Literacy Initiatives Really Need, is the title of a recent article from EDUCAUSE Review, dated April 23, 2019. The article proposes a broadening of the traditional definition of digital literacy and suggests using the phrase digital fluency instead. Here are a few quotes from the article that may peak your interest:
- “… two-thirds of faculty think that students are prepared to use software applications, but students themselves express discomfort with applying these tools for learning.”
- “Several factors contribute to this disconnect between tool usage and academic skill development. For one, students are often not exposed to how to use and navigate databases for research, how to create projects with different digital tools, or even how to communicate and collaborate flexibly to meet the needs and interests of diverse groups. Not all students are required to take any type of course in computer skills or computer application, and while many primary and secondary schools now give students access to devices such as iPads or Chromebooks, rarely do they receive formal instruction on how to use these devices.”
- “On college campuses, it is not always clear where students go to access training for these skills. Sometimes, this training can be located in libraries; at other times, it may be offered in dormitories. Regardless, instruction in digital literacy acquisition is often inconsistent, both from campus to campus and even among students on the same campus.”
LEDS is Here to Help
LEDS offers a range of Technology Literacy Workshops that we will bring to the classroom for you. We are also available to brainstorm ideas of how to tailor technology literacy experiences for your students that meet the specialized requirements of your departmental curriculum goals. Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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