Last week I posted this piece about digital literacy, and a request to have you help us define what it means to be digitally literate.
There are three reasons for this request. The first is that I’m regularly studying and thinking about literacy practices in online and hybrid spaces. I want to make sure that I see all perspectives.
The other two reasons include my current involvement with two working groups as we revise, and redefine “digital literacy.” The first of these teams is from the International Literacy Association (ILA), and the second is with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Together, these two organizations guide literacy education from elementary school on through adulthood.
As part of this work, we’re reaching out to the community to ask you all…What is digital literacy?
An open inquiry process
When I first announced this work a little over a week ago, some of you reached out and asked why this work wasn’t being conducted in the open.
We are reaching out to have these discussions in the open. We’d love to hear from you.
Make yourself heard
To share your insight, you have multiple channels.
First, compile a blog post and share it out online via the social network of your choice. Make sure you ping me when you send it out and I’ll collect it. My two preferred spaces are Twitter and Mastodon.
Second, start annotating using Hypothesis. The NCTE working group (under the leadership of Shelbie Witte) has started to annotate the NCTE Framework for 21st Century Curriculum & Assessment. The ILA working group will soon start to annotate online as well, starting with this Literacy Leadership Policy Brief. Come join us as we annotate…you’ll love it. 🙂
Finally, send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or leave a comment below. Although…sometimes it’s easiest to jump into a quick video chat to record your thoughts.
Join us on Flipgrid
The easiest way to get involved is to join us on the Flipgrid discussion that I set up. Flipgrid is a free video discussion tool that is owned by Microsoft and currently used in/out of many classrooms.
We have several discussion threads set up in the grid. You can respond from your browser using a webcam and mic. You can also respond using the iOS app (for iPhone/iPad) or the Android app. My students indicate that the app on your mobile device is the easiest method.
You can respond to one or all of the prompts. You can respond to the original prompt in each topic, or respond to another individual.
To get started, you can head on over to the discussion on Flipgrid (https://flipgrid.com/definedigital), or review the prompts embedded below.
Please send me an email (email@example.com) if these options do not work for you…or you need assistance in the any of the channels I listed above. Enjoy. 😉
- Topic One – Introduce yourself
- Topic Two – What is digital literacy?
- Topic Three – What is digital literacy? – ILA focused discussion (E
- Topic Four – What is digital literacy? NCTE focused discussion
- Topic Five – Digital literacy general Q & A