Saying that any digital tool teaches us digital literacies is like saying a pen or a keyboard teaches us writing.

—Maha Bali

Digital literacies are not solely about technical proficiency but about the issues, norms, and habits of mind surrounding technologies used for a particular purpose.

Doug Belshaw, Educational researcher


In this section, we will review an article on the difference between digital skills and digital literacies using – an online social annotation technology.


Meet Maha Bali

Maha Bali is Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. She is the author of our next reading, Knowing the Difference Between Digital Skills and Digital Literacies, and Teaching Both and we invited her to introduce the reading for our learners.

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Mini challenge - Annotation (Digital skills vs digital literacies)

Read an online article and annotate it using


  1. Read the “Quick start guide for students
  2. Create an account on Here is the registration link
  3. Read the following article: Knowing the Difference Between Digital Skills and Digital Literacies, and Teaching Both
  4. Activate the annotations after logging in to and click on the search icon () and enter the course code (LiDA101) to filter posts for this course from the public feed.
  5. Annotate or reply to posts by visiting the annotation page (You will need to be logged into the site to post.)
  6. Remember to tag your posts using the course code: LiDA101 (The course tag is required to harvest posts for the course feed.)