In a technologically forward society, digital literacy skills are crucial. At the most basic level, digitally literate people know how to use the technologies they are presented with. But digital literacy is more than simply using technology; it’s knowing how to analyze information, use critical thinking skills, evaluate the source, and navigate various types of media. In addition, it integrates your digital knowledge and capabilities into online and offline skills.

In this article, we are going to demystify five common misconceptions around digital literacy:

Myth 1: Digitally literate people know everything about all technology.

False! Like learning a new hobby, we have different skill levels; digital literacy is no different. However, as your experience with various technology evolves, your confidence and comfort will grow along with your digital literacy.

Myth 2: All technology is great.

Technology itself can transform a particular task; however, it is of very low value without understanding or proper use. Thus, it’s imperative for the individual introducing the technology to ensure that there is adequate support, training, and education around the introduction of new hardware or software. 

Technology can’t replace human connections. Instead, it should be used to strengthen or compliment communication or connections.

5 Common Myths About Digital Literacy

Myth 3: Digital literacy is just about functionality.

Digital literacy isn’t merely about navigating a piece of technology; it’s about competently using technology to:

  • Communicate
  • Create
  • Think critically
  • Collaborate across media

Myth 4: Digital natives are inherently digitally literate.

Digital natives tend to be more confident using technology; however, we shouldn’t assume that they have the skills to be digitally literate. For example, there is a big difference between shooting a video on your iPhone and making a movie.

We should be careful not to create a digital divide, merely thinking that digital natives understand because they might use it for fun. Things such as texting, messaging, and using social media do not necessarily provide individuals with the skills to navigate the digital world. Developing the skills to stay safe online, navigating cyberattacks, and understanding digital currencies such as bitcoin often require additional education and training. 

Myth 5: I don’t have time to learn new technology.

Many employees lament they are already stretched thin. And a new piece of technology takes time to master, which can feel incredibly overwhelming. Especially when it seems like something new comes down the pipeline every week.

While learning a new skill is often initially slow, there is a considerable time saving once you have mastered the skill; taking the time to invest in your digital literacy is similar. 

Some view technology as separate or a foreign thing that they must navigate throughout the day; they struggle with new technology and the idea of digital literacy. When you connect the dots between technology and your literacy, you begin to broaden the forms of media under your literacy umbrella. You are well underway to expanding your digital literacy knowledge and skills. 

Improving Your Digital Literacy

Improving your digital literacy can be an evolutionary process that could take years to acquire on your own. In this course, Emerging Technologies and Digital Literacy, it’s aimed at helping you develop your digital literacy in a range of areas to become a better digital citizen. By the end of the course, you will have the concepts you’ll need to increase your marketability and succeed in this new environment.

The course covers:  

  • Artificial Intelligence: The Next Frontier
  • Biometrics: An Introduction to Physiological and Behavioural Biometrics
  • Bitcoin and Blockchain
  • Cybercrime
  • Future Direction in Digital Technology
  • Geographic Information System (GIS)

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