Blogpost 2 – The need to develop digital literacies in the current society

It is becoming easier in the current society to do everyday tasks due to people’s constantly developing digital literacy. It is important for people to develop their digital literacy to keep up with the ever changing world. Digital technology is becoming more and more involved in everyone’s lives due to the broad range of digital devices being created. The previous generation before me would probably have never imagined that in this day and age digital technology would be relied on so heavily. To stay up to date with the next generation they will have had to develop their digital literacy knowledge and skills. This is important as many working environments use new digital technology and it would put people who are not digitally literate at a great disadvantage compared to someone who has the digital knowledge and skills needed. The current society is always changing and people need to be able to keep up with it. Knight (2011), states “90% of UK jobs require some level of IT competency”. For someone who is not digitally literate this hugely reduces their chances of finding a suitable job. The article also states, “more than half the UK population now own a smartphone with internet capability”. This makes it easier for people to do simple tasks, communicate with each other and stay informed about what is going on in the world.

(Geer, 2011)

(Geer, 2011)

It is crucial for people to develop digital literacy from a young age in education as it will become vital in future life. It is easier to learn something new at a younger age than learning later in life as you absorb new information easier. According to research carried out by Miller and Bartlett (2012), the majority of teachers feel digital technology is an important part of a child’s learning. In addition they think there are issues concerning digital literacy in the classroom. Many teachers agree their students only have a general understanding of how search engines operate, the quality of information found online and propaganda on the internet. Children when researching online will often click on the first result they come across and believe what they are reading without considering it may be untrue or bias. If a child was to continue doing this through education, and even when they begin working, it could cause them problems for example regarding University assignments and plagiarism. Therefore Miller and Bartlett (2012) state teachers agree digital literacy should be given a greater part in children’s curriculum. I personally feel I need to constantly develop my own digital literacy to make the most of technology. I use technology everyday and it makes up a big part of my daily routine. Instead of needing many different resources I use my phone as an alarm clock, diary, calendar, camera, translator and many other things as well as a way of communicating with friends. This saves me having to use several different devices or objects. Whenever I come across a new piece of technology I have to spend time developing my digital literacy to be able to use it. Being digitally literate, on the whole, I think makes peoples’ lives a huge amount easier. References

Blogpost 1 – The importance of being digitally savvy in the current society

In this day and age it is incredibly important to have a good knowledge of digital technology. The current society we live in uses digital technology in everyday situations, from basic tasks like sending a message via social network to booking a holiday on a travel agents website.

There is a huge difference between being a ‘digital resident’ and a ‘digital visitor’. A digital resident spends a great deal of time online and uses it as a place to socialise with others and express themselves through posts on social media. They are happy to go online at any time, even if they do not have a specific need to. On the other hand, according to White, Silipigni, Lanclos, Le Cornu & Hood (2012), a digital visitor uses the internet for practical tasks and will only spend a certain amount of time online. A digital visitor does not broadcast themselves through social media and is wary of this digital technology. They use the internet for a specific reason for example, researching a topic, then once completed will come offline.

I think it is important for people in the current society to at least be a ‘digital visitor’ even if they do not want to necessarily be a ‘digital resident’. This is important due to the amount our society relies on digital technology to function every day. A reason for being digitally savvy which relates hugely to the students on the course Living, Learning and Working in the Context of the Digital Economy and every other course, is that Universities rely massively on technology for their courses to function. They use the internet to allow students to apply for University, set up their personal profile and choose their classes. Universities presume that everyone on the course will have access to the internet and if they do not will at least know how to work the library computers provided. Students who are not digitally savvy would struggle more with the weekly tasks that need to be uploaded on myplace and assignments which have to be researched.

I personally would not consider myself a digital resident however I do like to check my social media every day and use it to communicate with others. This according to White and Le Cornu (2011) may class me as a digital resident. I believe this not to be the case as although I use social media a lot and may rely on the internet to some extent, I do not broadcast myself and share personal information with the public.

Even though I am not fully trusting in social media I do think it is important to have a good knowledge of digital technologies to keep up with the rest of the world which is advancing every day.

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About me

My name is Louise, I am 18 and study Primary Education at the University of Strathclyde. I am in my second year of University and chose the class Living, learning and working in the context of the digital economy because I thought it sounded very interesting and will be beneficial when using technology in teaching. I am looking forward to this class and hope it will broaden my knowledge of digital technology.