Exploring Digital Literacies Activity

Digital Confidence Profile (1)

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This activity is definitely an eyeopening experience regarding my digital strength, weaknesses and capabilities. The results are accurate and represent my basic abilities concerning the digital world. That said, I do not have a particular area of digital strength, as I am proud to realize that I have basic information and knowledge regarding all categories. On the contrary, there are several digital areas – find & use, tools & technology, communicate & collaborate – that have space for improvement. Furthermore, throughout this course I hope to particularly develop my communication and collaboration skills through different class activities and of course Soliya. My aim is to enhance my digital skills in general and hopefully become more comfortable and confident while interacting with other individuals virtually.

Digital Literacies For Online Learning (2)


Different Definitions for Digital Literacies


“The ability to use digital technology, communication tools or networks to locate, evaluate, use and create information.”

“The ability to understand and use information in multiple formats from a wide range of sources when it is presented via computers”

“A person’s ability to perform tasks effectively in a digital environment… Literacy includes the ability to read and interpret media, to reproduce data and images through digital manipulation, and to evaluate and apply new knowledge gained from digital environments.”

Difference Between Digital Literacies and Digital Skills


Digital literacy focuses on why, when, who, and for whom.
Digital skills would focus on which tool to use (e.g., Twitter) and how to use it (e.g., how to tweet, retweet, use TweetDeck), while digital literacy would include in-depth questions

Share credible links you find on the topic on bookmarks.oeru.org (our resource bank for the course)



Share your personal reflections on why digital literacy matters to you via forums.oeru.org. 


Defining Digital Literacy
Read Wikipedia’s definition of Digital literacy – Is this a good description?
Yes, I believe that it is a good description because it aims to explain the general overview and purpose of Digital Literacies. Also, it outlines the use of Digital Skills regarding Digital Literacies and directly explains how both terms are interconnected. Lastly, it discusses the progress of Digital Literacies by briefly highlighting the use of stand-alone computers to network devices, which of course is one of the many developments in the rapidly progressive technological world.

Scan the #diglit hashtag on Twitter – Did you find any valuable links to defining digital literacy.
Not really, because this hashtag was particularly used in classes abroad for an assignment or teachers having a discussion on twitter regarding the use of technology in classes. Hence, there wasn’t a clear and explicit definition, as most posts focused on connecting technology and education through various activities online.

Conduct a Google search for “digital literacy.” Select a few definitions you like and record the urls, for example adding these to your browser bookmarks.
Done ^

Conduct a Google search for “digital skills.” Select one or two definitions you like and record the urls.

Digital skills are any skills related to being digitally literate.

Conduct a Google search for “digital fluency” Select one or two definitions

In a digital context for learning, fluency involves using technologies readily and strategically to learn, to work, and to play, and the infusion of technology in teaching and learning to improve outcomes for all students.

What are the differences between digital literacies, digital fluency and digital skills? How are these concepts related?
Personally, I believe that digital literacies focus more on the rules and tactics of technology, furthermore, digital skills is step where the individual’s knowledge (Digital Literacy) becomes applicable. Lastly, Digital Fluency, is creating an environment where all students/learners are capable of using technology confidently.

Read: What is digital literacy? published by POMO – Is this a reliable source?
I believe that this source focuses on the bigger scope of the digital world in general and fails to define each term -digital literacies, skills and fluency- independently. Lastly, I did not find a a clear definition of digital literacy, as it discussed the technological world collectively. 

How would you rate the academic quality of the definitions you found (e.g. low / high)?
The academic quality of the definition I found were all different, as each article aimed to convey a particular message by using distinctive examples.


What did you discover? Share your thoughts and experiences by posting on WENotes below, for example:
The major difference between digital skills and literacies isDigital literacies are basically the rules, on the other hand, digital skills focuses on how the individual applies his/her understanding of digital literacies (the rules).

I didn’t realize thatThe digital world had frequent distinctive terms that can be identified from one another. That said, I usually thought of the digital world as a collective entity and one clear definition.

For me, digital literacy meansThe understanding of different digital tools.


What you decide are the most important elements of digital literacies, given the Egyptian context and your own personal context

First of all, an element I hope to improve is definitely, Cultural. The reason being is because I need to be able to move easily between different digital platforms and use learning technologies through distinctive contexts. Furthermore, I also believe that this can be put into the Egyptian context as numerous individuals are also unaware of the norms, values and codes that are applicable to certain platforms, for example, Facebook.

Secondly, I would like to develop my Cognitive element of digital literacies as I need to master the ‘know how’s’ of particular devices and platforms as it is a crucial part of the rapidly developing technological world, nowadays. Hence, I need to expose myself to numerous tools, software, and platforms in order to understand the similarities,  differences and essential tactics.

Please include links of the references you use and look at, and what you find interesting in them, or what you would critique about them

Personally, all links were very interesting as they portrayed different perspectives regarding digital literacies and extended my train of thought. That said, what I found interesting was that there was not one concrete definition for digital literacies, instead each article had a different point to shed light on. Therefore, this particular thought highlights that the digital world is still a work in progress, where both teachers and learns are trying to comprehend the full grasp of it.

Your reflections on the Hypothes.is activity

The Hypothes.is activity helped me develop a greater understanding regarding annotation and how it can be used via the internet. Also, I strongly believe that this feature will help me with other readings and articles. Furthermore, it will also enhance my critical thinking skills as it gives the individual the opportunity to stop and think about the message being conveyed.

Different Stations (3)

This section was extremely informative as it covered topics such as communication, reflection on assessment, and the key elements of blogging.
It also highlights that blogging is beneficial for both student and the teacher. For example, through blogging the teacher is capable of developing his/her professional profile to the virtual and also targeted audience. Furthermore, the student is given the opportunity to enhance his/her writing skills, while understanding the strength and weaknesses stated nicely by the readers.
Another important element is being able to differentiate between a blogs and journals. That said, both have different target audiences. For example, blogs are intended to be shared with many people. On the contrary, journals are usually an area for reflection.
Lastly, this lesson enhanced my thoughts regarding blogs and helped me comprehend the do’s and don’t of distinctive forms of blogs. Also, the quiz at the end of the lesson gives a quick recap and reassures the understanding of the student regarding the topic of discussion. I was glad to find that I have answered all but one of my questions correctly, however, that was not a problem as the website clearly states what is wrong with the answer, in order to highlight areas for improvement.

This section covers both the functions of smartphones and educational possibilities. Additionally, it highlights tips and tricks to how an individual can enhance his/her knowledge regarding smartphones. Finally, it aims at creating an educational perspective to why smartphones have huge potential through the educational perspective.
The lesson about applications was by far the most interesting as it gave me a lot to think of regarding what I should and should not do. For example, a word that I was informed with through this lesson is ‘geotagged’ which basically means the location of pictures I post on Social Media are automatically downloaded.
However, a problem I faced with this section was the historical information involved, as it did not have a narrow approach and instead covered distinctive topics with different historical evidence and contemporary uses. Therefore, I enjoyed the other section, although there weren’t any similarities, however, it was more narrow and clearly covered the topic of discussion.




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