Reading Review #3

Digital Literacy

Welcome back! Thanks for following along on this journey as I dive deeper and deeper into my search on Digital Literacy. I will be referencing some links I included in my last post (https://janelleraeth.wordpress.com/2020/09/28/reading-review-2-literature-research-and-data-collection/) but will link there here too, for easy access! Here are some questions I have been asking myself along the way:

How many articles did I find?

I found an abundance of articles. Digital literacy is a topic that is well discussed and well researched. This is a blessing when doing my own research on my topic, but also a curse as I have a pile of articles and journals to sift through before finding ones that align with topic, as well as shake up my way of thinking. In my last post, I brought forward three articles, and two videos to support my topic of interest, and these are the same resources I will be using in this post. I chose Supporting young children as digital citizens: The importance of shared understandings of technology to support integration in play‐based learning by Kelly Johnston, Digital Literacies by Julia Gillen, and Can we teach digital natives digital literacy? by Wan Ng. I will link them below.

https://doi-org.ezproxy.library.ubc.ca/10.4324/9781315813530

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2012.04.016

https://doi-org.ezproxy.library.ubc.ca/10.1111/bjet.12664

What is their relevance to my interest? and How is my topic discussed in the literature?

Supporting young children as digital citizens: The importance of shared understandings of technology to support integration in play‐based learning by Kelly Johnston discusses how technology can be used as a cultural tool in children’s lives, but different definitions, concepts, and understandings of the relevance of technology integrated into the classroom can hinder the integration of technology in an early learning setting. She discusses the opportunity to use technology in play-based learning. Johnston places value on the importance of creating connections and shared concepts between key stakeholders (education, family, and service management), as this can help support children as digital learners.

Digital Literacies by Julia Gillen discusses the enormous impact Digital Literacy has on our literacy and learning. She believes that linguistics have failed to rise the possible opportunities presented by studying language in a digital context. There are a vast range of approaches to the study of writing and reading language online. Gillen touches on the history of literacy studies, and contemporary approaches to language online (such as linguistic ethnography and corpus linguistics). This article is very informative and helpful for someone (such as myself) studying the multimodality of literacy.

Can we teach digital natives digital literacy? by Wan Ng discusses the concept of digital natives, and whether or not they have the knowledge to adopt digital technology in both informal and formal educational contexts. There was a study done on undergraduates in Australia, to see where their knowledge of educational technology lies. They were introduced to eLearning, and observed to see if they were able to adopt unfamiliar technology into their learning. Their “digital nativeness” was determined by investigating their degree of digital literacy, and the ease in which they were able to learn new and unfamiliar technology. As a result, yes they were able to do so, with ease, but they did need some guidance on what exactly constitutes educational technology, and they were given opportunities to use this technology for a meaningful purpose.

The two youtube videos I found, How to put a book on hold in Destiny by SUSD Library Media, and Using Destiny to hold books by Elizabeth Tremper cover many of the same points. I found SUSD’s to be a much more in depth walkthrough, although it is geared more towards Teachers, and Teacher Librarians. This video was great for me to see, so that I am able to better understand the process of putting a book on hold in Destiny. Tremper’s video used a different version/platform of Destiny than I am familiar with. Hers was much more geared towards younger students, but after watching the video, I think it would be best to show the students myself, rather than showing them a video explanation.







What are the key learnings and takeaways that I have generated through this deeper exploration into my topic of interest?

My key takeaways have been:

-This topic is well discussed and well researched, so as a result there is an abundance of information out there. A tad ironic, considering I am hoping to help students feel less overwhelmed while processing information online.

-The generation of students in school right now are “digital natives”, so they bring with them knowledge about technology before stepping foot into a classroom. This does not discount our role as educators, or the need for technology in the classroom. They still need guidance on how to be good digital citizens, and how to use and incorporation educational technology into their learning.

-The importance of building relationships and creating a mutual understanding between the key stake holders in the lives of these children, as this pertains to supporting the children as digital citizens.

-The enormous impact in which digital literacy has on our literacy and learning.

Bibliography:

Gillen, Julia. Digital Literacies. Routledge, 2014.

Johnston, Kelly. “Supporting Young Children as Digital Citizens: The Importance of Shared Understandings of Technology to Support Integration in Play-Based Learning Supporting Young Children as Digital Citizens.” British Journal of Educational Technology, vol. 49, no. 5, 09/2018, pp. 896-910, doi:10.1111/bjet.12664.

Ng, Wan. “Can we Teach Digital Natives Digital Literacy?” Computers and Education, vol. 59, no. 3, 2012, pp. 1065-1078, doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2012.04.016.

SUSD Library Media. “How to Put a Book on Hold in Destiny.” Youtube, 2020, youtu.be/Kxit-9VEkbA. 

Tremper, Elizabeth. “Using Destiny Discover to Hold Books.” Youtube, 2020, youtu.be/umenFE-wS1I. 

Janelle, the island TL

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