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Two types of digital literacies? A reflection

Posted by jturner56 on November 14, 2012

Response to Clive Young’s 16 May blog post Two types of digital literacies? which reported on a JISC workshop on digital literacies.

“Clive. Thought provoking as I consider how best to pd teachers to be more digitally literate educators. In particular raises in my mind the issues of Google Apps, where personal interactions can meet school-wide system objectives. Will this mean we will increasingly be moving to such tools for more embedded approaches to digital tool use in schools, or will we continue to need to call upon and differentiate between tools designed for education (such as Moodle) and personal tools (such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google for that matter) as optional within the system?
Also re the student volunteers, this has been available for quite some time for those who see flattened learning environments as significant for education.”

Is this a pointer to the next step in digital change breaking down the walls that hold up school authority on choice and value?


2 Responses to “Two types of digital literacies? A reflection”

  1. Mr. Daniel said

    One thing that drives this question is time. If school leadership wants uniformity and consistency (for whatever reason) in technology integration within schools, doesn’t that imply first articulating a coherent vision for ITC and then taking he time to train teachers in expected (hopefully best) practices? I don’t see too many schools taking this approach. When ICT practices are imposed from the top down, faculty feel resentful. Even if they agree with the inevitability of ICT integration they ask “when am I supposed learn all this new stuff?” That being the case, leadership needs to let go a little. In my view leadership needs to look at how ICT is being used effectively right now and support the whatever is already working regardless of platform. Hybrid solutions may be messy but the issue of “buy in” may be lessened. Furthermore, I think schools need to better celebrate those on the vanguard. Promoting the early adopters can go a long way to getting the word out about good practice.

    • jturner56 said

      Daniel. Thank you for your comment. Appreciate the several inter-connected points you made:
      1. time. To me this is always a value judgement. There just isn’t the time to do everything
      2. teacher training. Teacher learning should be structured into school in similar ways to student learning. It’s that important
      3. leadership. We need to be mindful of buy-in from above and below (as one all-school approach).
      4. celebrating the early adopters. Structures need to take these people into account, supporting and recognizing and utilizing.
      We need do all this in support of a coherent and valued vision. No small ask in today’s school educational climates.
      We can but keep trying. Keep up your efforts. John

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