- Sep 2017
Digital literacy is not about the skills of using technologies, but how we use our judgment to maintain awareness of what we are reading and writing, why we are doing it, and whom we are addressing.
I believe that digital literacy is co-dependent on the individual's own views, norms, and experiences. Therefore, it is important to teach digital skills while teaching those important aspects of digital literacies that they might not have been aware of such as privacy, when to post and talk about a certain issue and when not to, who to address, etc.
Digital literacies are not solely about technical proficiency but about the issues, norms, and habits of mind surrounding technologies used for a particular purpose.
It very true to understand the difference between digital literacy and digital skills. In the past, I was ignorant about this issue and never thought about it them as being two separate terms. Skills is like giving someone a paintbrush and show them how to paint a tree, then the literacy would be applied when the student start reflecting on their emotions, experience, and their still life view to paint a unique piece of painting. Inspiring the student to understand digital literacy is very important for them to learn beyond what they have learned in class and some of the assignments.