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Digital literacy

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This page will pull together information on digital literacy.


See also recently created page pulling together resources related to the concept of creativity

See also information about our "sister" project - "Digital literacy and creativity" that Richard is involved with.


From the bid:

a blend of ICT, media and information skills and knowledge situated within academic practice contexts while influenced by a wide range of techno-social practices involving communication, collaboration and participation in networks (JISC Design Studio, 2011).


Overall, the project embraces a holistic view of digital literacy and engages with a number of different actors involved in/ influenced by issues related to teacher education and Open Educational Resources:

  • PGCE tutors and students
  • School teachers and students
  • Digital creative industry
  • Publishing industry (TBC)
  • Relevant professional associations 


You'll find some interesting discussion on digital literacy here and some thoughts on Guy's blog, and see  also Digital Literacy Across the Curriculum, FutureLab Handbook 2010 . There's also the Barton and Gillen piece for TRLP. DigitalLiteracies.pdf.

     Cathy Burnet has collated a list of useful resources for digital literacy that can be found here


Digital Literacies: Concepts, Policies and Practices (Colin Lankshear and Michelle Knobel, Eds. 2008) - 12 chapters addressing such subjects as the required cognitive skills for Internet literacy, digital literacy as information savvy, digital literacy policies in the European Union, digital literacy in enterprises, the digital literacies of online shoppers, digital literacy and participation in online social networking spaces, and digital literacy and the law.  proof copy here


FutureLab Digital Literacy Professional Development Resource and the open textbook that goes with it


A Literature Review by Helen Beetham, Lu McGill and Alison Littlejohn 'Thriving in the 21st Century:the report of the LLiDDA Project (learning literacies for the digital age) (June 2009) - see also LLiDA Project Exec Summary and this slideshare by Helen Beetham outlines a Digital Literacies development framework that builds on ICT capability (we may not like that term) towards Learning/Thinking Capability with questions for curriculum teams and institutions. 


JISC Digital Literacy Anatomised: 2 diagrams; Access skills and practices of DL; and Practices in Context


It's also useful to see this alongside debates about media literacy - Sonia Livingstone's paper is good on this: MEDIALITERACY.pdf  

And then there's Burnett & Merchant on Critical Media Literacy here: Burnett&Merchant.pdf  


Historical perspective here in the National Archive of Educational Computing, documenting the development of learning with technology through its invention, application, practices, policies, organisations and people over the last half-century. And here is a History of Technology in Schools (a draft first chapter) by Marilyn Leask and Sarah Younie (2012) and Richard Millwood's (2009) A Short History Offline 

[and that we might need to consider this if we are to consider the 'embedded memories' Giddens (1991) as an effect of time and space or if we want to examine (using Bernstein) how the pedagogic discourse emerged from this: how knowledge was legitimated as computing, IT, ICT, E-learning, Technology Enhanced Learning, etc and how this constructed the knower]


JISC Developing Digital Literacy (June 2012) briefing paper - produced by Sarah Payton


[some existing resources below (a range of) stuff on digital literacy - as a holding place for these - sort by value, quality and usefulness later]


Resources that might have aspects we can adopt or reject Our comments (please add)
Focus group Cards developed by University of Plymouth to support the institutional audit process. Makes use of (paper-based) card sorting - students sorting cards with a range of technologies on them into piles in response to a number of questions about their access, use, preferences and attitudes - cards here Possible activity for learners - 

Wolverhampton University has a  'assess your own digital literacy' tool (paper based)

Tick box of skills (with spelling mistakes) - limited use
Online SHU ICT Capability self-assessment for trainee teachers http://www.learning-connections.co.uk/shu_ict_audit/ . Asks user to self-assess on Likert Scale (4 point scale from 'I have never done this' to 'I can do with confidence'. Filling in the 8 sections (100 questions) gives a score out of 300 and a scale of self-assessment from Very Weak to Very Good. Then asks user to complete an Action Plan (download and complete a document) Created for SHU by Learning Connections, one of our Creative Partners - so could be modified / tailored if we wanted something like this, or a version of it. Perhaps we could re-use it and make it about digital creativity rather than ICT capability

It's the Learning Future (ILF) Digital Challenges - a set of digital challenges for young learners (see http://ilfdays.pbworks.com ) involving young people to participate digitally:

  • present self (including views and beliefs 
  • ask question of another
  • gatherinformation about other people and/or things
  • find out about things
  • go to a place, person, thing, idea or representation 
  • make a thing, idea or representation 
  • explain a place, person, thing, idea or representation 
  • collect a thing, idea or representation 


Challenges developed by RP and GM. Tested out by children in the ILF Pilot. Involves a strategy for cascade based on the idea of young people as Digital Leaders. It starts to identify a set of tools and resources that YP can use to respond to these challenges. It ask YP to reflect on this and keep a record.


 The children's comments and picture were added to a Digital Bloom meadow

Readiness to Change (SHU): click here to download and run this - a fun self-assessment that gives an interpretation of how ready and willing to (for) change you are. 24 questions that give an indication of strengths (?) in the areas of: Sense of Adventure, Flexibility / Adaptability, Confidence, Enthusiasm, Tolerance for Ambiguity, and Optimism.


See also Change, Technology and Learning (SHU) profiler: click here to download and run that gives a visual representation (a profile) of abilities (self-assessed).

The premise (perhaps) that the use of digital technology for learning and teaching might be affected by general attitudes to change and innovation - possibly dangerous oversimplification or a fun activity along the lines of 'How good a lover are you - take our fun quiz' 

ICT in the Early Years Community of Practice  -  http://teaching.shu.ac.uk/ds/icteycop/

a web site developed by SHU including 38 case studies with resources developed by Trinity All Saints, Univ of Hudds and Manchester Met, funded by TDA and supported by Becta. Each case study is an example of ICT use in Early Years. Each can include a session plan, photos, supporting text and video.

Emphasis on practice with and through TEL. Developed by RP so could be re-used / adapted. Has an interesting set of meta-tags / characteristics grid - see Affordances for example. Case Studies are rich media but vary in depth and quality. See also Carousel as an example of a divergent interface
The Digital Literacy Skills Curriculum (Microsoft) as you would expect from a technical perspective but possibly as a Skills as Strategies (Gee) perspective, Guess we should be mindful of this as a (technical) core curriculum (??)
Opening the digital literacy blackbox ( a general issue rather than a specific resource) see article in The Independent Computer Science is an essential part of our children's education (28th November 2011)  

Relevant frameworks (from LLida: Learning Literacies for Digital Age)

Learning to learn, metacognition

Academic practice, study skills

Information literacy

Communication and collaboration skills

Media literacy




this is very much the "back-end" bit of the story 

Digital Literacy Professional  Development  Resource: a Futurelab resource "designed to support primary and secondary school teachers integrate the development of students’ digital literacy into everyday curriculum teaching and learning.

could be useful for developing reflexive tasks
Enquiring Minds Professional Development Materials developed during the three-year Futurelab research project "enquiring minds" that explored the ideas of a partnership curriculum. various tasks and activities which could be repurposed for DeFT (copyrighted but Futurelab seem to have an open access policy, will doublecheck)

Press release: Young people are not being sufficiently challenged in ICT lessons

Article on report published by Ofsted, of relevance to issues related to digital literacy and the media

Digital literacy can boost employability and improve student experience

Article in the Guardian written by Sarah Knight from JISC

Computing in schools project report by Royal Society  


And a complementary International Comparison of Computing in Schools (Sept 2011)

Addresses issues of ICT provision in the school curriculum, subject of quite a heated discussion on the ITTE list at the moment 

SchoolsTech.org.uk - stimulus debate http://schoolstech.org.uk/  arising from Gove's speech http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/jan/11/digital-literacy-michael-gove-speech and the Eric Schmidt (Chairman of Google) speech condemning the British education system http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/aug/26/eric-schmidt-chairman-google-education 

This debate is an interesting context to DeFT and the place of digital literacy ... The debate around Digital Natives (see Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants (Prensky 2001) http://www.albertomattiacci.it/docs/did/Digital_Natives_Digital_Immigrants.pdf and the critique of this (The Digital Natives Debate: A Critical Review of the Evidence, Benett, Maton and Kervin, 2008, http://kimhuett.wiki.westga.edu/file/view/The-digital-natives-debate-A-critical-review-of-the-evidence.pdf). 


Where do we (want to) stand?

A registry of textbooks that anyone can access, reuse and redistribute 'Open textbook'

Open Text Book is a registry of textbooks (and related materials) which are run by the Open Knowledge Foundation.
http://www.londonmobilelearning.net/  Norbert Pachler The London Mobile Learning Group (LMLG) brings together an international, interdisciplinary group of researchers from the fields of cultural and media studies, sociology, (social) semiotics, pedagogy, educational technology, work-based learning and learning design. The group has developed a theoretical and conceptual framework for mobile learning around the notion of cultural ecology.

CDI (Centres for Digital Inclusion) -





CDI teaches technology and project management skills to people in marginalised communities. During 4-6 month courses students increase their self-motivation, gain new perspectives in life and learn transferable skills that allow them to get better jobs, to start their own micro-enterprises and to make real changes to the local community. During the last 15 years 1,300,000 people have graduated from CDI programmes"


10 interactive lessons by Google on digital citizenship 

10 interactive lessons designed to support teachers in educating students on digital citizenship. Google (which owns YouTube) built the lessons to educate students about YouTube’s policies, how to flag content, how to be a safer online citizen, and protect their identities.

ICT to be taken out of the secondary school curriculum? Email on ITTE mailing list from Roger Crawford re: potential removal of ICT as a subject from initial teacher training programmes. 
CIBER reports Reports produced by the UCL Department of Information Studies. Includes reports from the Information Behaviour of the Researcher of the Future ('Google Generation' project)
TEL programme

Technology Enhanced Learning Programme is a UK £12m ESRC/EPSRC funded programme running from 2007-2012 led by Professor Richard Noss at the London Knowledge Lab. TEL’s 8 projects are looking at ways in which technology can be used to improve learner outcomes.



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