Digital Skills VS Digital Literacies

When it comes to me, I have a weak spot in Teach and learn as I have the basic idea on the messages I want to send and I convey them in the most absurd manners, another thing is my brain that is usually straying off even midsentence which hinders my ability to learn or teach.

I am quite good at using technology, a new app or tool I’m using I’ll take a grip on it in a matter of minutes without needing much/any help. this might be coming from the years I spent using computers and other electronics to play video games and explore the vast ocean of information. This also taught me that it is very unsafe out there which is why I had to learn how to protect my identity and my information.

The article wrote by Dr.Maha Bali was eye opening, as it clarified many misunderstandings I had regarding the topic in question.

Doug Belshaw’s eight elements of digital literacy are to the point except possibly civic, as she says global citizenship with democracy. Many countries have “democracy” however they cannot enjoy the luxury of that element. Dr. Maha try to keep us away from harm but in this day and age, is anyone really able to stop someone from harming himself with his online presence? I believe not as when you go online you immediately enter a war-zone you have no idea it exists. I saw a video once from an American war general telling his interviewer that in the past war was in 3D, Land, Water and Sky. Now war is in 5D, Land, Water, Sky, Space and Cyber,the general said that the video that was being made can be used as a cyber weapon(threat) for their enemies, these points were taken from a video by Smarter Everyday, the link is at the bottom. The only protection on the internet one need, is to not be stupid and rethink everything he posts or downloads.

Real-World Leaning: I agree with the part about that the skills we learn cannot be taught deliberately, but, must be done throughout a real life medium to be able to convey the right message to the person being taught. I am eagerly waiting to gain the knowledge of knowing when to ask google or ask twitter’s community, some questions you will find to in both places but which one is the authentic and which is superficial? Hopefully, this question will be answered throughout the course.

Critical Connections: For this part I appreciate the worry about us, the students but as I said before it is an essential skill for everyone to know how to protect themselves in the online domain.

Using judgement: The first part talks about how technology changes our way of lives, the power it gives us is just a curse in disguise in my opinion. This amount of power can easily backfire and hurt the user in unimaginable way. Also, on the internet words can kill because most people don’t think that much when they leave a mean comment or kill yourself “joke” which happens often. The point about how Wikipedia authors with higher clearance can block opposing views depending on their bias is new to me but not surprising, in the world we live in their is no real democracy, everyone pounds the ground to make the water flow their way.

Digital Path

For my digital Literacy path ill chose the tinkering as i like to experience hands on.

The video the relevant part starts at the 12 minute mark.

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