I am not one to cavort on the web, so the blogging experince is all rather new. It’s a little ironic, therefore, that my first post is on the topic of ‘digitacy’. Civica, with the support of the Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE), has organized a symposium entitled “DIGITACY? Digital Literacy – Embrace the Present, Create the Future“, which will be held on 31st May, 2011 at MOE’s Edutorium.
Intrigued by the term ‘digitacy’ I decided to check it out via Google. It’s not a new term yet, at the same time, it’s a relatively small (if unique Google hits are anything to go by) one. Here’s a summary of its use:
- A clothing line for afficionados of VW Beetle’s and Combi vans (see http://digitacy.com/)
- From a professor in Computer Science, “a basic understanding of the concepts of computational thinking and the ability to use these concepts” (see http://blog.snir.org/2007_02_01_archive.html)
- Getting warmer… From the program overview for the four-year degree in Arts and Contemporary Studies, at Ryerson University, “skills that involve understanding of and training in the digital (or computer) world and its impact on our society…” (see http://www.ryerson.ca/calendar/2011-2012/pg131.html)
- Quite hot now… From a ppt to a paper entitled, “Interpreting Across the Abyss: A Hermeneutic exploration of Initial Literacy Development by High School English Language Learners with Limited Formal Schooling”, the heading “The New World of Literacy, Hyperliteracy & Digitacy – although the term itself is not defined in the ppt its use in this context is closest to the theme of the symposium (see www.leslla.org/files/presentations/LESLLA%20presentation%20condensed%202009.ppt)
However, with the democratic smell of an election still in the air, this last one is my favourite…
- “Digitacy, or digital consciousness and capacity, will be essential to political organization in the twenty-first century… As we enter the age of digital capitalism, we need a theory of digital liberation”. This is taken from the Forum of The Black net Village (see http://www.bnvillage.co.uk/black-roots-village/78433-metu-ra-en-nemsu-words-enlightened-21.html)
Notwithstanding the above, the symposium itself has been organised to address the following key questions:
- What is digital literacy? Why should we be concerned about it?
What is the impact of social media in today’s classrooms?
How does the digital revolution affect learning in the 21st century?
It should all be rather literating…