About Digital Literacy


Digital Literacy Framework illustrations by Marc Rosenthal for Teaching Tolerance. tolerance.org


Last week, I began this subject named Digital Literacy. The first task for me is to reflect on my own understanding of Digital Literacy as well as the experiences relative to the concept. I was stressed out at the first place, since I do not even ensure the meaning of the word ‘literacy’ when I was enrolling in this class. I thought it might be something about media’s culture. However, after having classes and browsing some recommended learning materials, I tend to know the meaning of Digital Literacy.

In my opinion, digital literacy refers to the ability and the behaviour that people absorb information from the Internet by reading, listening to or watching and then release their thoughts or emotions by writing down their reviews online. The interactions between online information and the audience contribute to digital literacy. Because in the past when there is only traditional radio broadcast or someone’s public speech, people cannot give response specifically and the feedback may be significantly delayed (Hartley 2009).

According to Frawley (2017), the people who born in the digital era know about the language of digital world. Unlike the older people who need to learn how to use digital platforms to get what they want and how to interact (Belshaw 2012), net-generation like us could easily learn the skills above.

Belshaw (2012) explains that the key points of digital literacy are remix and quick idea-spread. For example, ‘lolcat’ is a picture of cat with text or caption on the picture. That shows the way people response to the online information by having an idea first, secondly using tools to express their ideas and then spread them to communicate. The process reflects on production and consumption of digital things. And digital literacy contains the concept of this process. I am the one who really like to send lolcats pictures to my friends to express my feelings.


LOLCAT Picture from Internet

I am talking a bit more than I should be there. To conclude, I am interested in this subject ‘Digital Literacy’ now, because our life is with digital literacy everyday as one of the net-generation. Although I am worried about the privacy. I think we cannot trust the internet when we use digital platforms to express ourselves. Also, I am curious about how digital world and how the way we involve in digital literacy will influence us. I am looking forward to finding them out!




Frawley, J. (2017). The Myth Of The ‘Digital Native’. [Blog] Teaching@Sydney. Available at: http://sydney.edu.au/education-portfolio/ei/teaching@sydney/digital-native-myth/ [Accessed 20 Mar. 2017].

Hartley, J. 2009, ‘Repurposing Literacy’, The Uses of Digital Literacy, pp.1-38.

TEDx, (2012). The essential elements of digital literacies: Doug Belshaw at TEDxWarwick. Available at: https://youtu.be/A8yQPoTcZ78 [Accessed 20 Mar. 2017].


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