Historical Context of Digital Literacy (EDDL 5111 – 2.2)
From rocks and sticks used within family to the advent of the paper/printing press (1400s), to correspondence learning programs, to the advent of television/audio capability to share information and then the introduction of computers (1970s) to the massive digital/technological revolution that continues, contemplating the history of the development of digital literacy is important as I situate myself more firmly in the context and begin to think more critically about the personal and professional implications. To consider where we’ve come from in quite a short time, and to contemplate the rapidly changing world and its impact on myself as a teacher, my children growing up with the technology and my students in a new world is exciting, important and relevant. As early as this morning, I learned of a new term, “the dark web” reinforcing for me the importance of the learning path I am on – I know that direction I have taken in my field (to better understand, apply and use) is the right one for the times. A major challenge for all of us (as the new term I learned indicates) is the speed at which things are changing and having the ability/time to keep up with the advances – both in technical skills, hardware capability and knowledge of what is out there and how best to use it or protect oneself and others from it.
The shift from a print based to mobile based learning is impacts all of us. The fact that I was able to sit at the wedding I just attended over the weekend and was able to blog post/check, and take stock of my assignments, while trying to be present and engaged is an example of the degree to which “learning” can take place in any context or time. The degree to which learning theory is being examined by educators and considerately built in to what we are creating for our students is fascinating constantly evolving alongside better understanding and knowledge of how the brain works and what research shows is best practice for learning. The concepts of the “flipped classroom” (form of blended learning), teacher as guide rather than holder of knowledge, students accessing information from anywhere in the world – distributed learning is changing institutional culture and transforming education in a positive way. We’ve come a long way in a very short time. So much has evolved, so fast. I wonder what will be the effects of this “darker” side on all of us.