Digital Literacy Trends for 2015 — Quick Thoughts

Hello all:

A few quick thoughts on what will be trends for digital literacy in 2015:

1. Education — How can we help low income families follow-through to digital literacy once the computer has been placed in their homes. I mean what good is a new computer if you have no one to set it up or no money to pay for the  Internet Service Provider (ISP)?

2. Job skills — How can we help high schoolers get better at  online job searching, resume writing, online etiquette and having a professional cyberspace presence on such sites as LinkedIn?

3. Going Green- Can the use of more technology and presumably less paper extend the life of our planet?

Add your thoughts!

National Distance Learning Week: Digital literacy, Learning, and Technology

Colleges and other organizations around the country recently celebrated National Distance Learning Week in early November 2014  . Think of how digital literacy ties in with distance learning (everybody hear the words “online education, podcasts, or webcasts”  and the technology that is used to make it work?
Keep thinking on these terms. Digital literacy and distance learning will be around for years to come!

Share your thoughts!

Online Education Sites — Use Them While They’re Hot!

Hello all:

Posted below are links to online education sites that can be used to refine one’s academic and/or computer technology skills. (The first link is for children and the other two are for teens or for adults.)

Try:
1. Cyberkidzhttp://www.cyberkidzgames.com/cyberkidz/free-online-educational-kids-games.php

2. Khan Academywww.khanacademy.org
Learn for free about math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and more.

3. EdX– https://www.edx.org/
Take great online courses from the world’s best universities.

Write back here and share your experiences!

Ed’s View: Being a Digital Immigrant Makes Social Media Marketing Hurt

The most important marketing aspect of any type of writing is building readership or creating a fan base–people who feel passionate about your writing; whether they agree of disagree with your opinions.

The true beauty of social media is that it often gives us a wonderful chance to connect with different types of people throughout the world. It  really is an avenue to expand not only our personal horizons, but to garner friendships with individuals that only digital time and space allow.

While that aspect is an essential component in building a connection with new people, for those that existed in world before digital technology, being able to connect to anyone at anytime, anywhere, is now quite the chore.

Most digital immigrants, even those with effective social media skills , see it as a chore. This is simply another task that must be performed; a box to be check off on our daily checklist.

For the immigrant, digital technology and social media invades our concept of personal time and personal space. In other words, I simply want to turn it off sometimes.

For others they truly embrace it–like my children and others of their generation it is simply a part of their being. The phone, tablet, PC, or social website is a part of their persona. It is what truly allows them to make a connection.

For me it will always be a tool; something used to accomplish another task. Since I see social media as a tool, it keeps me from making connections that are personal and endearing.

I suspect that somehow I have to view social media as my tool that keeps me connected to others. The work continues!

Signing off,
Ed
Edward Carter has more than 10 years’ consulting experience for an investment bank firm on Wall Street. He has an MBA with additional degrees in management and technology. He has sat on the board of directors for two technology start-up companies. He is now breaking into the arena of writing illustrated stories. (Check out his first illustrated story at http://www.amazon.com/T-H-E-Team-Begins-Mission-Saga/dp/0692248005/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407473632&sr=8-1&keywords=T.+H.+E.+Begins)

Ed’s View: Digital Literacy and the Illustrated Story Creation

In attempting to carve my niche into the writing market through — the illustrated story– I’ve had some challenges.

In designing this story format which is enhanced with graphic art,  pictures, then one combines storyboard art throughout,  this is only accomplished through modern-day digital technology and a good dose of digital literacy.

Since digital literacy is thought to be the ability to use and possess a basic understanding of networked devices (smartphones, tablets, software applications connected to the internet) creating the illustrated story is impossible without it.

I have been able as a digital immigrant to learn the skills necessary to create my first illustrated story. Thus far, I have learned to move the story creation  seamlessly between the editor and artist through smartphone, tablets, or PC’s. This movement allows  me and others involved in the project to work on the story by adding onto or refining our work.

What I have not learned, as a digital immigrant, to do well is  social media marketing. Yes, I use Facebook and LinkedIn,  but my comfort level is low.  I still have the need to see a person’s facial expressions as we converse. And no, an emoticon at the end of the sentence doesn’t make up for seeing the person’s expressions.

What’s a guy to do? Keep plugging away at it. Keep up with me as I write here again and do see my illustrated story through the link below.

http://www.amazon.com/T-H-E-Team-Begins-Mission-Saga/dp/0692248005/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407473632&sr=8-1&keywords=T.+H.+E.+Begins

Signing off,
Ed

Edward Carter has more than 10 years’ consulting experience for an investment bank firm on Wall Street. He has an MBA with additional degrees in management and technology. He has sat on the board of directors for two technology start-up companies. He is now breaking into the arena of writing illustrated stories.