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

Explore Your Digital Identity/Footprint

  1. Go to #EmTechWIKI Discover page and select a 21st-century skill, either Lifelong learning or from the 4Cs.
  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. Create an artifact that expands your digital identity/footprint. In addition, locate a Creative Commons resource (e.g., image, music, textbook) that you are able to use to enhance or add additional context to your online identity.
  6. Reflect on your experience and write a 1 to 2 paragraph reflection and add it to your ePortfolio. Below are a few questions to consider.
    • 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 the risks that are involved that relate to your digital footprint?
    • What suggestions have you learned to counter or avoid these risks?
    • What is the importance of protecting and maintaining your Digital Identity?
    • How might Creative Commons be useful to you, either personally or professionally?
    • Self-reflection questions such as these can also help to guide your reflection.
  7. Embed or link to the item you created to establish your digital identity into your ePortfolio.
  8. Include a link to the tool or resource that you explored into your ePortfolio reflection.

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