Coding: Is It a New and Necessary Component of Digital Literacy?

Hello all:
Striving to remain digitally literate and looking for ideas to share with my readers, I search the Internet and books for more ways to think about and discuss digital literacy. Today, I came across  coding and digital literacy, so these words become the crux of today’s post.
First, here is a good definition of digital literacy that I wanted to share. Marcus Wohlsen writes* that digital literacy is ” about educators, policy makers, and parents understanding how to give the rising generations of digital natives the tools they need to define the future of technology for themselves.”

This digital literacy definition is couched in his article about coding or the knowledge of how to do computer programming or write software instructions so that one can tell a computer what to do.    He relays that coding is not just about getting a computer to do what you want, but about creating your own digital tools.

While the concept of creating your own digital tool is certainly noteworthy and probably even one that we should strive for, I say we must continue to focus on having the greater percentage of educators become digitally literate so that they can shape the students’ thinking and learning when using digital tools. (Wohlsen presents this line of thinking in his article too.)

I further the idea by saying that those who are raising these students: not just parents, but grandparents, and even great-grandparents need to be digitally literate in this current cyberspace world before we sprint off to make new tools. What good is a new digital tool if we have little idea of how to wield the ones already at our disposal?

Share your thoughts!

* See the full article at Digital Literacy Is the Key to the Future, But We Still Don’t Know What It Means

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