Digital literacies

Walsh, Christopher S. (2017) Digital literacies. In: Peters, Michael A., (ed.) Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory. Springer, Singapore, pp. 1-7.

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[Extract] The notion of what constitutes digital literacies in the present knowledge economy is debated. Some view digital literacies as the set of skills needed to successfully engage with digital technologies. Others would argue they are the skills required to code software and the computational thinking skills of programming, designing, collecting, and analyzing data and the system-based literacy practices needed to communicate with simulations and games. New voices argue digital literacies encapsulate the proficiency to use digital technologies, as well as the soft skills needed to engage in co-creative endeavors, with humans and machines in creative, wise, and ethical ways. Regardless, Bill Green's "3D" (dimensional) model of literacy remains a salient point of reference to think about and understand the operational, cultural, and critical dimensions of digital literacies. The aim of this entry is to present an overview of the complexity of digital literacies in a future characterized by rapid and uncertain socio-technical change. It also explores how digital literacies, when viewed as anticipatory, can be leveraged to ensure children, young people, and adults engage in co-creative endeavors with each other and machine to maximize their potential for lifelong learning in ethically sound ways.

Item ID: 44838
Item Type: Book Chapter (Reference)
ISBN: 978-981-287-532-7
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2016 01:58
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl LOTE, ESL and TESOL) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies @ 100%
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