When I think about literacy, I think about having the ability to read and write. In keeping with this definition, I would deem digital literacy as the ability to read and write while utilizing the many faces of technology. Digital literacy does not just mean being able to read a scholarly journal online and respond in a comment section because, no offense, but my 84-year-old grandmother could do that easily. In this world, technology is beyond advanced. There are millions of things to see and do, and there are millions of ways to connect. Being digitally literate, to me, means that we are able to enter into the many webs that make up technology and its resources, and use them to our advantage as far as commenting, tweeting, posting, blogging, writing, exploring, and expanding our knowledge.
So what does digital literacy accomplish? Well, in a world that is as advanced as ours, technology presents endless amounts of opportunities. As a future educator, being digitally literate is something that is not only useful, but it is also expected. Often we think that our teachers, because they are older than us, are easily manipulated when it comes to technology. For example, who hasn’t used technology as an excuse for something going wrong on an assignment in hopes that our teacher won’t understand what we are talking about or be able to prove us wrong? I am going to go out on a limb and assume that I am not the only one. This is why it is my goal to be able to utilize the web and all of its nooks and crannies so that I am able to keep up with my future students and maybe even help them to learn something new about technology and all of the amazing things that it can be used for.
I hope to learn more about digital literacy by taking a class on it that will help me to grow in my knowledge and eventually help me to make the most out of my teaching abilities and the technology that I will use in my classroom. I am aware that since I have been in college, I have already learned new ways to turn assignments in, new ways to do research, and new ways to express myself digitally. I am excited to know that technology is only going to become more advanced and the opportunities for utilizing it are only going to be greater.
A website that I have found very useful in terms of motivating me to enhance my digital literacy is this: https://rossieronline.usc.edu/blog/teacher-digital-literacy/.