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Digital Literacy Post

Am I really using all of the tools at my fingertips to the potential that is within my grasp? Notice that I didn’t say “full potential”, because I would probably need years to learn how to do that. And of course, technology is always changing, so there’s the keeping up with it part.

The answer before me is “No.” I can do so much more with the Internet and various applications, not only in my own life, but also in my teaching. With each hour, I am learning just how much more is possible. This is both an exciting and challenging revelation.

With all of the options open to us as educators, there are some questions we have to consider as to how we will use these tools. Downes’ article provides some excellent suggestions, and I would prefer to see students follow Kay’s examples of curiosity and learning. I believe there are some obstacles in terms of public attitudes and administrative restrictions that we will have to face. But I hope to keep learning and trying new things. (Improving my use of CSS coding will probably take some time though!)

3 thoughts on “Digital Literacy Post

  1. I would echo both of these statements: “I would prefer to see students follow Kay’s examples of curiosity and learning. I believe there are some obstacles in terms of public attitudes and administrative restrictions that we will have to face. ” One of the reasons I am interested in sharing these skills with current and future educators is my conviction that, to the extent that you develop these skills and can be self-supporting, you will have more luck in implementing DH pedagogy. Sometimes administration steps in to veto it, but often if you don’t need to ask permission, then you never have to apologize either!

  2. CSS is taking me time too! But this class is really great! I’m excited to learn all of these new things too.

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