With this generation of new technology, a lot of people can’t say they grew up with absolutely no technology. I am 20 years old and my first cell phone was during my freshman year of high school and the only reason my mom allowed me to have one was because she needed to know where I was ALL THE TIME. I don’t remember ever playing on an ipad or ipod growing up and rarely ever watched television or played games on the computer. Today, it seems that that is all kids do to pass the time, but maybe it was just how I was raised. Call me old fashioned, but I don’t necessarily think technology makes everything “better”. There are plenty of pros to technology but there are plenty of cons as well.
Before this class I had no idea what digital literacy was and how it incorporated into the classroom. Digital Literacy is the ability to use and master skills and knowledge on technological devices such as computers, smartphones, tablets, etc. Many different social media websites fall into this category: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. But digital literacy goes beyond being able to tweet or post a picture on instagram. Digital literacy is becoming a way of life and has replaced many basic ways of doing things in life. Fortunately, there are many resources out there that can help make exploring this new concept easier. Microsoft has many different resources on their website that helps with getting started with digital literacy and much more.