There is a vast amount of information out there regarding digital literacy, what it is, and what it means for the 21st century classroom. While I am new to the concept of “digital literacy,” I am not new to the importance of including technology and resources in the daily class setting. By conducting a simple search of “digital literacy” in google, I found a vast amount of helpful information relating to this topic. One of my favorite pieces of information I found was a article posted on the Education Weekly website titled “What is Digital Literacy?” This article provided an excellent overview of digital literacy and why it is both important and relevant in education today. As a future teacher, I find this information not only very useful, but very helpful as well.
Digital literacy, essentially means being comfortable and confident in your utilization of technology in your learning life. This can be anywhere from knowing how to use a certain program, to understanding how to incorporate social media into the classroom, just as my ENG 361 class is doing with Twitter. A huge portion of digital literacy is the ability to effectively communicate and share ideas with one another. We are so fortunate in that we have so many different forms of technology, often right at our fingertips. However, this technology access does us no good if we are not knowledgeable in how to use them to the best of our abilities. Communicating through technology, in my opinion, is one of the best things about all of the new inventions and opportunities that have appeared due to the advances technology has experienced in recent years. However, teachers especially need to keep in mind that not every child has technology at their fingertips when outside the school building.
Another huge aspect that was mentioned in the article by Liana Heitin that I hadn’t exactly thought about was the importance of digital literacy in terms of evolving technology. Being digitally literate doesn’t just mean being able to use the technologies that are currently available, but also evolving and adapting to the new technologies that come out. In my opinion, this is one of the greatest flaws many experienced teachers have, as they get to comfortable with how they conduct their class that they forget to incorporate new and innovate ideas into their students learning. I look forward to learning more and getting more comfortable and confident in this subject.