Week 1: Getting Started

Welcome to the Learn Camp program! We’re glad you’re here.

Jane Bozarth writes in the opening of her book “Social Media for Trainers

The possibilities for uses of social media to create community and collaboration are dazzling, although the array of tools and their applications can seem daunting.

Jane, as usual, hits this digital nail right on the head. (You should go read her book.) And that is exactly the type of thinking behind this program. My goal is to introduce you to some of these tools and get you thinking of ways you can apply them to provide solutions for you and your organization.

Just like most things in life, the more you contribute to this adventure the more you’ll take away. So fasten your seatbelt and let’s get going!

#learncamp Hashtag

We encourage  you to question, comment and share things you discover along the way using the hashtag #learncamp  We’ll discuss hashtags more in a few weeks, so for now just know that adding that hashtag to your Twitter, Facebook and other posts you’ll help others find yours and you’ll find them.

Tweet: Come join me in #learncamp to learn new tools & strategies to improve the way you learn and work

Activity 1: How do you define ‘digital literacy’

The basic definition of literacy means to be able to read and write. To be successful in today’s digital world, literacy goes far beyond being able to read and write. What does that look like for you?

Leave a comment below answering this question: “How do you define digital literacy?”

Activity 2:  Rate Yourself

Our second activity is a short survey to rate your current familiarity with some of the tools we’ll explore in this program.  It takes less than 1 minute and we’ll share the results with everyone next week.

Extra Credit: Tweet about  what digital literacy it to you using the program hashtag #learncamp

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19 thoughts on “Week 1: Getting Started

  1. Digital literacy to me means having the confidence to use digital technology to communicate. I use the word confidence rather than ability, because I’m not sure how easy it is to measure digital literacy. Literacy (in children at least) can be tracked to see progress, but I’m not sure that digital literacy is quite so linear. It’s also constantly changing, unlike alphabets and phonics which tend to remain the same.

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  2. I define digital literacy as being able to use digital technology effectively, and to the degree I desire. I may not be an advanced or expert user, but if I can navigate a platform, such as Twitter, to accomplish my goals then I would consider myself Twitter literate.

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  3. Agree with Sharon and Jordan’s thoughts on digital literacy. I keep thinking that it implies interaction- sharing and collaborating more than traditional literacy. Sharon said she’s not sure if you can measure digital literacy- you’re right it is always changing and not linear.

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  4. I agree with what has been said so far. I think that digital literacy is the ability (courage) to use technology to help make my life more connected or easier in some way. As it is constantly changing and evolving, it requires constant attention. We need to stay abreast of new technology and new features of current, but we must also be mindful of how we use the technology (be smart). If we are not careful, we can have our privacy compromised, even to the level of identity theft.

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  5. Digital literacy is the ability to utilize technology appropriate to your needs and your context to receive information, distribute information, communicate personally and publically with others and to work and collaborate.

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  6. I too am in agreement with the previous comments. For me, digital literacy means the ability to use digital resources to accomplish my goals. Implied here is taking ownership of my continuing knowledge of the ever-expanding tools available to assist me in accomplishing these objectives.

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  7. I’m putting this in before I read everyone else’s reply. Digital literacy: Ability to use on-line technology to accomplish desired tasks. At its most basic, it would include things like search for information, navigate between sites and pages, and communicate with others online.

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  8. Great thoughts here so far. I really like the idea of confidence and effectiveness. I think confidence is one reason kids are so good with new technology-they’re never afraid of “breaking it”. To idea of effectiveness, I’d also add efficiency. If these new ways of doing things aren’t more effective and efficient not many people would be using them.

    I’d also say that digital literacy involves some key concepts including tagging (content and people), discovery (finding the right resources & people), connecting, sharing, collaborating, along with more mundane but important things like internet safety (understanding and avoiding phishing scams, etc)

    Thanks to everyone who has commented so far! I look forward to further comments as well.

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    • That is a great point Jackie. I think now, more than ever, not only is producing content possible but it is becoming more and more of a “must do”. In fact I’m working on some slides for a presentation and thinking of including you as an example of people to follow/connect with. Thanks for joining in! 😎

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  9. One thing I would add to this discussion is adaptability. Not only do you need to have the confidence, and the ability to use them, but also be adaptable to keep up with the changes since it is every changing.

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  11. Literacy
    the ability to read and write/
    competence or knowledge in a specified area.

    Digital – just summarizes the platform utilizing the internet and applications of varying functions & styles to accomplish the communication of the info we want to receive or deliver.

    What makes it so unique is its speed & range. Never before could something Scarry or awesome be shared and moments later millions have seen/heard/read literally thousands of miles away. It’s reduced barriers and we are still learning & growing.

    So to be digitally literate I think you need to know how to use some of the basic popular apps and use them to communicate in some kind of frequency.

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  12. The very idea of literacy is, in my opinion, subjective. When I think about digital literacy several themes that have already been presented stand out: the general competence to be able to accomplish objectives through digital mediums seems to be fairly foundational, as is the specific competence within the chosen tool(s). As an admittedly basic example, there is a general degree of competence required to turn on the computer and operate a web-browser. There is a more specific competence required to use the features within a given social media app. When these are both executed, this, to me, is digital literacy.

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