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

—Maha Bali
@Bali_Maha

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


Overview

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

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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.


Share you thoughts on Maha Bali’s reflection on digital skills and digital literacies by posting a WEnote comment. For example:

  • Thanks Maha, I didn’t realise that …..
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Mini challenge - Annotation (Digital skills vs digital literacies)

Purpose
Read an online article and annotate it using Hypothes.is.

Tasks

  1. Read the Hypothes.is “Quick start guide for students
  2. Create an account on Hypothes.is. Here is the registration link
    • We recommend that you use the Chrome browser (download here) and install the Hypothes.is extension. Alternatively you can annotate web pages directly from the Hypothes.is website by pasting the link into the text area after you have logged into the site.
  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 Hypothes.is 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 Hypothes.is 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.)