Saturday, November 1, 2008

This week I would like to highlight a couple of videos someone forwarded to me, which relates to the DI/DN debate and its impact on defining why digital literacy is so important.

Michael Wesch, an anthropology professor at Kansas State University made these videos to communicate to educators how things have changed and are changing in the way we access, organize and use information. My interest in developing this awareness, is to argue that no matter if a person considers themselves DI, DN, or somewhere inbetween, the distinction is a mute point within the need for digital literacy. After watching these videos, consider the context of the Information Literacy Standards (digital literacy) listed below.

Information Literacy Standards (2000) from the American Library Association
"An information literate individual is able to:
  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally"
Now our job is to figure out ways to design instruction that engages learners in these standards.

1 comment:

Yan Huang said...

These two vedios reflect the realistic state of our everyday life. Digital tech changes our life dramatically. But it also brings about problems: teh lack of face to face interaction, info overload, privacy, copyright...
An information literate individual is recommended to change the way and attieude to use these tech so that they can lead a better lifves. their lifves should not be controlled by digital tech, but play full use of it.