Digital Literacy Exemplars, Resources and Curating Tools

This just a quick post to follow on from the ideas that I was running with before, with some little clips or exemplars and snippets. I will sort of summarise the ideas from my longer post on literacy and will add some little bits.

1. I think that models or theories of literacy such as transactional or functional literacy and others that are more transformational (eg such as conscientization or critical consciousness.) have had their place in different historical moments. I made out in my post that these can often be tied to political projects, or discourses around investments in education, access to information and the control of knowledge.

Exemplars: Critical thinkers like Freire, Giroux and many other key thinkers such as Dewey in education.

2. I think that often the more critical perspectives on literacy tend to stress that the educator or teacher plays a key or important role but value the more participatory, social and ethnographic aspects / process of literacy learning. They also tend to focus on the role that educators and education can play in reversing social inequalities.

Exemplar: Nichole Pinkard founder of Chicago's pioneering Digital Youth Network (DYN) in this video describing how her organization empowers young people with critical digital literacy skills that make them academically and professionally more competitive.
3. I think that resistance and claiming space to create, build, participate in and 'tinker' with legitimated codes of public knowledge is the underlying and often disruptive movement from below which in the case of ideas about web-making for example, has deep roots in the tech world in the open movement and the structure of the web itself.

Exemplar: Joi Ito who was the Chairman of Creative Commons could be quoted:
" 'education' is something people do to you, whereas 'learning' is something you do for yourself,"
Here is more from Joi:  http://www.jisc.ac.uk/inform/inform31/Jol-Ito-Education.html 

4. But also obviously the technological structure of the web has altered the dynamics of economic production and consumption with a massive influence on other forms of production, (art, media, knowledge etc.) and interaction (social, linguistic, cultural etc.). This has implications on what it means to 'participate' and also on the how people see and experience participation. Specifically in schools this changes how different subjects might be taught and the kinds of skills and capabilities that are required by teachers and learners for the future.

Exemplars: Future Lab looks at development of digital literacy in subject teaching in schools in the UK.

Awareness, Play, Creativity, Repertoire are highlighted as important to building a conscious, critical approach to the use of digital technologies on the JISC e-learning blog
5.  I think that we could possibly say that literacy has gone from structuring a state-based hierarchy and consequently benefiting the individual in certain ways as a primarily the subject of the state and its economy to being a capacity benefiting the group or the network enabling the individual to operate within that network.

Exemplar:  Harold Jarche suggesting that learning is how work gets redesigned in the network era
Given that we are talking about connected learning this seems to me a good opportunity to delve into some tools for sharing and curating resources on a subject or topic. They are used in the examples below to curate some resources on digital literacy. If you have not used some tools for curating content before these are some really useful ones to play with !

1. Scoop.it: (Social curating that is really effective)

2. Slideshare: (still really handy I find)

3. Pearltrees: (I love this interface - it is awesome looking)
Thanks for all the comments, it has been great to hear people's feedback and ideas!

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