Learn to discern

There is an interesting article in the THES by Frank Webster entitled “Learn to discern”
In the article he addresses the idea of computer literacy, and suggests we “lay off the ‘literacy’ metaphor” which in the case of “computer literate” or “media literate”is about technical skills and concentrate more on how we teach students to evaluate and filter information.
I think he is right in saying that information skills are important, but they do need supporting by technical skills. For projects like Digitally Ready we need to ensure that we are offering support in ensuring our community are able to develop all the necessary skills.

About Shirley Williams

Shirley Williams is a National Teaching Fellow and Professor of Learning Technologies at the University of Reading. She is involved in a number of research projects related to learning technologies, communities, social networks, Digital identity and knowledge transfer. She also enjoys reading and cooking.
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