Digital literates activity


1.pngI think that my digital profile pretty much describes my current areas of strengths and I am really interested in developing both the creation and innovation along with the identity and well being parts. I am mostly proud of what I have reached regarding the usage of tools and technology programs. Also, I thought that I was confident when I used any digital online technologies but when I read the description under each skill, it turned out to be that I am comfortable on the scale and I am not that confident in some areas as I thought of myself.


1.Wikipedia’s definition of Digital literacy:

“Digital literacy is a component of media literacy. It refers to an individual’s ability to find, evaluate, produce and communicate clear information through writing and other forms of communication on various digital platforms”. The definition of digital  literacy that I read one Wikipedia was quite good for me as it explained what digital literacy means in a brief concise way.

  1. Scan the #diglithashtag on Twitter – Did you find any valuable links to defining digital literacy.

I found a profile named EdSurge HigherEd with a tweet saying “Plenty of people are talking about the importance of information literacy these days, and many educational institutions see it as part of their mission.”  #diglit #highered which takes about fake news and it was something that is related to digital literacies which was valuable for me.

  1. 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.

I found a definition that was on Microsoft’s website that was marketing for a course that was taught there but actually I found the definition useful and coherent.

Whether you are new to computing or have some experience, Digital Literacy will help you develop a fundamental understanding of computers. The courses help you learn the essential skills to begin computing with confidence, be more productive at home and at work, stay safe online, use technology to complement your lifestyle, and consider careers where you can put your skills to work.



The meaning of “digital literacy” has shifted over the years. While there was a time when job candidates were encouraged to list “Proficient at Microsoft Word” on their resume, now such skills are considered standard. This shift toward a technologically savvy workforce has permeated the classroom as well.

The other definition stated the development of the digital literacies over the years and how much is it important for teachers in their jobs, I’ve learnt from that definition that digital literacies are evolving and becoming more advanced every day.



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

“There are many definitions of digital skills, written by academics and industry commentators. These are useful in helping you develop a theoretical understanding, but to develop a definition of digital skills that works for your organisation, you need to start with a broader understanding of the types of digital skills required in the working world nowadays. These can then be mapped to organisational goals so you know what digital skills you need to succeed.”



Cornell University defines digital literacy as ‘the ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the Internet’6.

By this definition, digital skills are any skills related to being digitally literate. Anything from the ability to find out your high-score on Minesweeper to coding a website counts as a digital skill.


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

Fluency” is broader than “literacy.” Being ‘digitally literate’ means acquiring the skills to make and create meaning, and select technologies to do so. Being fluent requires competencies and capabilities that go beyond the skill level.


  1. What are the differences between digital literacies, digital fluency and digital skills? How are these concepts related?


The Difference Between Digital Literacy and Digital Fluency

Literacy and fluency have to do with our ability to use a technology to achieve a desired outcome in a situation using the technologies that are available to us.



Digital literacies are not solely about technical proficiency but about the issues, norms, and habits of mind surrounding technologies used for a particular purpose.

—Doug Belshaw, educational researcher

We often hear people talk about the importance of digital knowledge for 21st-century learners. Unfortunately, many focus on skills rather than literacies. Digital skills focus on what and how. Digital literacy focuses on why, when, who, and for whom.

While 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: When would you use Twitter instead of a more private forum? Why would you use it for advocacy? Who puts themselves at risk when they do so?

Think of the use of social media during the Arab Spring. People used social media in a way that went far beyond knowing how to click and deep into civic uses and navigating ways to communicate with others under the radar of a communication-hindering government. It was a way of both encouraging one another to remain critical and supporting one another through adversity in creative ways.



  1. Read: What is digital literacy?published by POMO – Is this a reliable source?


I don’t think it is as I found in the URL that the POMO website is not secure, however when I searched for the publisher I found out that she is a Researcher and Educator DMRC QUT media + communications + technology + relationships = digital marketing. Doctorate candidate, that was the information written on her twitter account that doesn’t necessarily have to be true.Also, the post has no comments and it was published in 2014 which is considered old as it was never edited since it was published.




8.How would you rate the academic quality of the definitions you found (e.g. low / high)?

I guess they were high as they added too much to my knowledge about digital platforms and skills and how important they are, however, some definitions were vague and not detailed enough for me to fully understand the concept.







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