Albert Einstein (as cited in Einstein’s Secret, n.d.) once said: “I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” While such learning conditions may have once been mainly restricted to the classroom, advances in digital technologies means there has never before been more ample conditions to establish lifelong learning.
Digital Fluency is defined by Boise State University as, “An evolving aptitude that empowers the individual to effectively and ethically interpret information, discover meaning, design content, construct knowledge, and communicate ideas in a digitally connected world.”
While today’s generation may be digital natives, having grown up surrounded by digital technologies (Prensky 2001), their familiarity and perceived fluency with digital technologies is often limited to their personal lives and does not always transcend to an educational or professional context (Howell, 2012). Continue reading
The number of ways in which we can find, evaluate and use an extremely wide variety of digital information is ever increasing (Reference and User Services Association, n.d.). The Association of Research Libraries (2009) notes that: “Digital technologies have opened the door to a host of new possibilities for sharing knowledge and generated entirely new forms of content that must be made broadly available.”
The digital divide is defined by Oxford Dictionaries as, “The gulf between those who have ready access to computers and the Internet, and those who do not.” There are several factors which attribute to the digital divide, including economic, political, education and social aspects (Stanford, n.d., para. 3). Elderly and handicapped members of society, as well as people located in rural or low-socioeconomic areas often do not have access to a computer or the internet. In contrast, the majority of educated, middle to wealthy class citizens living in suburbia do (Servon, 2002). The digital divide is simplistically depicted in my infographic below.
As advances in digital technologies, such as social networks and chat rooms increase, issues like digital security and cyberbullying become even more prevalent (Smith,Mahdavi, Carvalho Tippett, 2006).
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