I was drug into the digital era kicking and screaming. I refused to get a smart phone for some time because I thought it was such a waste. I had a Facebook page which I did nothing with for almost a year after opening it. Now I have a smart phone, tablet, and a laptop. One of them is usually just a step away.
Digital literacy is the ability to use digital technology to find, use, and construct information and use it in a technological format. When someone who is digitally literate, a person able to use technology becomes fluent, it means they achieve a desired effect through technology.
One thing I think I am good at when it comes to digital literacy is being able to find what I need and usually I am able to use it well. I am also very safe and legal and have good ethical behavior when it comes to technology. There are a lot of social and societal issues that present themselves when using technology and I think it is very important to demonstrate that you are professional and be courteous of others.
I would like to learn how to use even more technology so that I can use it in my future classroom. Having worked in a school system for many years already I have seen many examples of digital literacy in the classroom. I know that I need to learn how to use technology because every day it changes and grows and it is what the future holds. I also think that by learning how to use twitter and other social media it will put me in touch with other educators who may have some really great information to share.
While researching digital literacy on the net I found one site which was particularly helpful when explaining the importance of digital literacy when it comes to students. The site was http://www.learning.com/21cs/. The site put the importance in short, concise, easy to understand ways. It is really worth looking at if you are a teacher or wonder why it is important for students to learn to be digitally literate and fluent.