So you say, what is this idiot on about I thought this blog was supposed to be about digital literacy. And there lies the rub, what you mean by digital literacy is something quite different from what I mean and probably what everyone else means. We have no really solid handle on this phrase, digital literacy. I wonder sometimes if it is a literacy – isn’t it more of a culture? Certainly we need to be literate and numerate in whatever culture we live in. If we are not literate and numerate we are partially blocked off from our culture but people can still talk to us and draw pictures to help inform us. If we are outside the culture however, we are totally blocked off from society. We cannot engage in anyway with society, we are completely disenfranchised. In a very few years if people are not “digitally literate” this is the sort of situation they will find themselves in.
If we call this concept Digital Culturization will anyone be less confused – I think not. If anything people might feel even more confused – at least people have a feeling for what literacy is. What does matter is what happens to the man in the street if we don’t do something about Digital Literacy.
Being digitally literate is not just about being able to use Information Technology (IT) or a particular programme really well. It is about feeling comfortable communicating in many different ways using digital technologies. Using a range of different communication devices/methods should not cause any disruption to our eqilibrium just as moving from walking to running to sitting down doesn’t (generally) cause us any problems.
The question we should be asking is, how do we ensure no one is left behind?