Saturday, November 7, 2009

Digital literacy

Week No. 1: Digital Literacy
During our first week of the course, we dealt with the theme of Digital Literacy and its importance in English Language Teaching (ELT).

Digital literacy can be defined as the ability to locate, organize, understand, evaluate, create and share information using digital technology. It involves a working knowledge of current high-technology and an understanding of how it can be used.

Digital literacy encompasses computer hardware, software (particularly those used most frequently by businesses), the Internet, cellphones, PDAs, and other digital devices devices. A person using these skills to interact with society may be called a digital citizen.

Educational contexts are continually updating their curriculum for digital literacy to keep up with accelerating technological developments. This often includes computers in the classroom, the use of educational software to teach curriculum and course materials being available to students, online. Some classrooms are designed to use smartboards and audience response systems. These techniques are most effective when the teacher and the students are digitally literate.
Teachers and students will be considered digital literate people, once they:
-use,appropiately,their cognitive skills such as reading comprehension, writing and critical thinking in combination with the technology.
-know how to use a computer and other electronic devices,
-know how to apply web tools,
-know how to access to the different social networks and communities of practice
-are able to search information
-are able to share knowledge
-are able to work cooperatively
To sum up, it is essential that teachers, in our case EFL teachers, learn and apply different ICTs in their teaching contexts in order to promote a more effective and interesting learning and the development of their students´linguistic and communicative skills.


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