Discovery Exercise – Digital Literacy/Fluency


Digital literacy/fluency is very important in today’s society. Someone who is digitally literate is able to effectively find, use, and evaluate information. Being digitally literate means having the skills to be able to leverage new technologies to communicate and express ideas to create new knowledge. Being ‘digitally fluent’ goes beyond ‘digital literacy.’ Fluency provides a bridge between basic skills and comprehension and includes the ability to not only select the right technology but also to know what to do with the tools and to be able to adapt when technology inevitably changes.

Discovery Exercise

  1. Go to #EmTechWIKI Discover page and select a 21st century skill.
  2. Select an Objective that you would like to achieve.
  3. Choose Digital Literacy/Fluency from the Category menu.
  4. Select a tool or resource you would like to explore.
  5. Then, choose either option #1 or #2 below.

Option 1: Explore Your Digital Identity/Footprint

    • Review the information from the tool or resource that you selected.
    • Think about the Internet activity you participate in as part of your daily life (e.g., at school, work, home, on the go, etc.).
    • Are you putting your Digital Identity at risk? What are some of the possible effects of these risks? How does the tool you selected suggest you counter or avoid this risk?
    • Reflect on how this tool might impact your life.
      • How might this information help you protect and maintain your Digital Identity?
      • What is the importance of protecting and maintaining your Digital Identity?
    • Add a reflective entry to your ePortfolio.
    • Remember to include a link to the tool or resource that you explored in your reflection.

Option 2: Find a Creative Commons Resource

    • Locate a Creative Commons resource (e.g., image, music, textbook).
    • What did you like or dislike about the resources you located?
    • How might Creative Commons affect you personally or professionally?
    • Why is Creative Commons important for you?
    • Add a reflection to your ePortfolio.
    • Embed or link to the item that you located in your search in your reflection.

If you are enrolled in the MOOC, return to the #EmTechMOOC Coursera Discussion Forum to complete the Module you are working on.