digital literacy

Digital Literacy has been defined as

A Digitally Literate Person:

• Possesses the variety of skills – technical and cognitive – required to find, understand, evaluate, create, and communicate digital information in a wide variety of formats;

• Is able to use diverse technologies appropriately and effectively to retrieve information, interpret results, and judge the quality of that information;

• Understands the relationship between technology, life-long learning, personal privacy, and stewardship of information;

• Uses these skills and the appropriate technology to communicate and collaborate with peers, colleagues, family, and on occasion, the general public; and

• Uses these skills to actively participate in civic society and contribute to a vibrant, informed, and engaged community.

ALA Digital Literacy Taskforce, 2011

The discussion of Digital Literacy on the Fellows’ Forum is here

It is these two latter points that of actively participating and contributing is my concern here. Blogging fulfills these requisites. A digitally literate person by having a blog contributes to our society. They communicate their experiences and their skills. Using WordPress dot com gives a person an insight into how the web works and it is not difficult to set up a blog. WordPress populates 27% of the Internet.

If you need instructions as to how to setup a blog go here

Having a web site on your CV makes you much more attractive in this digital age. It takes about 30 minutes to set up a blog and if you can use a word processor making a post is as easy as pie.

Everyone should claim their spot on the Internet and this is the way to do it.