According to my profile , I realized that I should improve my skills in my digital profile. I should advance my skills on how to use technology and applications better. Also, the skills that are needed to find relevant information and data. However, I am comfortable in creation and innovation where I can produce digital materials such as videos , audio clips and screen recordings. I am also comfortable in identity and well being , where I am aware of issues of online safety including protection of my data and reputation. I am reasonably comfortable in using tools to enhance my learning such as blackboard, canvas, and educational websites. Finally, I am confident in communication and collaboration where I actively participate in online discussion with peers, for instance, I actively contributed to discussions on the Soliya program.
As an approach to teaching digital skills can involve demonstrating to students how to get photos from the Internet and add them to PowerPoint presentations or websites. However, digital literacy would prioritize teaching students how to select acceptable pictures, understand copyright licensing, and cite or get rights. Before taking this course , I did not know how to use pictures or other materials appropriately without violating copyrights. However, this course taught me how to look for pictures online that are made publicly for anyone to use without permission. Another critical issue that caught my attention is the risks of placing information online. How students should understand the need of protecting their information on devices and using unique passwords across platforms. Facebook’s privacy settings frequently change without user consent, and what publishing a photo today can mean for students’ future career chances. Thinking about the audience is a key component of being digitally literate. Individuals must consider both the audience they are speaking to and potential readers of their blogs or tweets. It includes starting a conversation about why we write publicly, our intentions, and who benefits from it. Another thing I learned in this course is using my own judgment , as it’s stated in the article some websites are updated with what might be false information such as wikipedia. Therefore, using judgment is essential for acquiring accurate and correct information.
Online identity: In this station I learned how each and every individual has traces of them online that can be later on used to draw conclusions about their identity and their views. Individuals can project a certain image about themselves that might misrepresent their true authentic identity. Also, misrepresentation can result in harassment or bullying on several platforms. In this path I choose to protect myself and others because it caught my interest the most. This path introduces how it’s essential to protect personal data but also protect our
reputations. How social media can expose us to potential risk or anti- social behavior. There are numerous cases of anti-social behaviors in the media that can affect personal well-being such as harassment , bullying , fake identity , stalking , misogyny, homophobia , etc. I would also like to add to this list “ cancel culture” . This is a new term used for people to “cancel” a certain individual. At first, this was used for good intentions such as exposing certain people or organizations of their misbehaviours and crimes. However, it turned into something vicious and harmful that lead to cases of suicide. Some individuals and organizations are misinterpreted because of false accusations that jeopardize their reputation forever.
Presentation skills and tools: I chose this station due to the fact that I want to improve my presentation skills and to be able to deliberately introduce my message clearly. There are key steps to plan a successful presentation such as understanding your task, knowing your audience, and writing your presentation. Using visuals can really aid the audience to better interpret the topic. Moreover, checking out the venue and practicing can improve performance. Understanding the goal of the presentation is essential , to know whether I want to inform, instruct or persuade the audience. Also, knowing what type of audience I am presenting to , for instance, if they are students I might use an informal approach than when presenting to instructors. Visual aids can enhance the presentation and keep the audience interested in the topic. Using the right design is also important; choosing the right color scheme for the template. For example, high contrast between the background and the text so it would be easier visually for the audience to read and acquire the information. Using multimedias such as images , videos and audios can emphasize the important points. Audience does not only hear your voice, they also respond to your delivery. This Station is very helpful and beneficial because it stresses on points that I may have ignored in the past. Moving on, I will be making sure to address those key points and improve my presentation skills.
Visitors and residents : The concept of “Visitors and Residents,” proposed by Dave White, Alison Le Cornu, and others, provides a different perspective on how humans interact with technology. In journalism and educational institutions, the concept that people may be classified as either “digital natives” or “digital immigrants” has become common. However, it is a model with serious flaws and no reliable empirical support. The V&R model offers a framework for illustrating how user preference and habit motivate online and technological engagement. individuals functioning in Visitor mode, has a specific job or goal in mind and chooses the best online resource for the situation. For instance, discovering a specific piece of information online using a smartphone and then going offline to finish the activity. Another example would be using a smartphone to search the internet for directions to a nearby bookshop. Whenever an individual is in online Visitor mode, there won’t be much traces or social visibility. On the other hand, residents mode uses the internet to interact with or be with other residents. For instance, updating Facebook status, tweeting, blogging, or leaving comments on blogs. The web helps people build relationships and supports how they present their identities. To put it another way, residents spend a portion of their time online. When in Resident mode, as opposed to Visitor mode, there will be online visibility and presence.