SAT: The Digital Literacy Cookbook (Cara Saul)
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Dr Simon Ball
5 February 2014
The Digital Literacy Cookbook
Politicians and the Media have high expectations of the opportunities afforded by digital learning, encouraging teachers to help students become digitally proficient to gain competitive advantage. But exactly what skills are needed to succeed in the digital environment? Should we be encouraging learners to become more Digitally Literate? If so - what does being Digitally Literate mean? Does Digital Literacy widen participation and allow inclusion?
Often researchers have explored the devices people are using, but they may not be using the devices to learn or learn effectively. In addition technology and software are a constantly changing environment. So any survey results may be a little stale, and nutritionally may not be that satisfying and wholesome. Perhaps what is needed is to share the skills and approaches to digital learning - not just it’s ingredients? So learners can codify the skills and approaches that will help them succeed?
This conference paper looks at what the key digital literacy skills and approaches might be - using case studies, personal opinions and research. It seemed appropriate to use a cooking metaphor to explore Digital Literacy because todays digital scholar is very like a cook, who mixes and creates tasty things to share. Mary Berry and Paul Hollyrood continually emphasise the importance of learning key cooking techniques In ‘The Great British Bake-Off” - digital scholarship also requires skills to facilitate learning. So calling my artefact, presentation and paper “The Digital Cookbook” seemed an appropriate and informal way of introducing the content in an accessible manner. The metaphor also worked well with contextual issues like environment or location, formal and informal learning, the age and stage of learners and inclusion. In fact making food for people is about inclusion - this presentation will review and share some recipes.
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