Digital Identities and Digital Security

A digital identity is a way in which an individual portrays themselves on digital media. Uploading photos, commenting on articles and posting blogs are all ways that contribute to an individual’s digital identity.  All of the information an individual sends out online should be censored.  Why? Because once something is posted online there is a minimal chance that the material can be retracted and deleted.  (Howell, 2014).  This could have a negative impact on an individual’s reputation.  There is also the issue of online hackers and scammers.  Lack of security awareness can lead to digital identities being hacked and private information being released to the public. Continue reading

Digital Fluency

Many students entering the school system today are digitally fluent in their lives outside school, however, as Howell (2012) states, “but markedly less fluent in the educational context.”  All students will have varying levels of digital competency.  In this unit, we have learnt that it is our role as teachers to first deepen our own knowledge on digital technologies so that our students become digitally fluent as expected by education stakeholders.

“Technology fluency transcends devices, apps and programs. It implies that a student can quickly, accurately and deliberately communicate, collaborate and create across platforms.” (Holland, 2013)

digitally fluent

(Device Love, 2011)

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Being a Digital Curator

Digital curation is the term used for enhancing digital content to make it more accessible and usable now and in the future so that the data is preserved.  Digital curation tools such as Pinterest and Scoop It allows an individual to have quality control over their search on focused topics and they can also filter through digital content so that the higher quality content surfaces to the top of their search.  (Flintoff, Mellow, & Clark, 2014, para. 2).  There is so much digital content on the internet that it is very easy to become overwhelmed or to even waste time sifting through superfluous websites to find content that suits your topics.

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(Information hydrant, 2008)

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