Imagine a college in the present day where every student who went there was digitally illiterate. Not only are they unable to read information from a computer, but they are also incapable to navigate or communicate through any type of digital device. If none of them developed the skills to effectively use digital technology, would they be receiving the same education as a student from another college? Possibly: but would it still be necessary to acquire these skills? Now assume these students went to Dickinson College. At a school where the students are highly dependent on their abilities to do research and communicate using digital literacy, it is impossible to envision an education like that. Digital literacy has evolved from the traditional form of literacy to shape the way we learn and advance education for students at Dickinson College.

“Eyes glued to a book” or “pencil to a paper” are phrases that were not uncommon many years ago. That is when technology was a luxury; it was not only expensive but people simply did not know how to work it. In modern society it is a necessity, being that people are more likely to hear “eyes on the screen” or “fingers on the keyboard.” A few years ago, if a student in a class was asked to research an unknown topic for a paper, they would probably begin the process by finding a book. The rest could take a very long time depending on topic and the information they are able to find. Today, a typical Dickinson student would just search the internet. This method usually is a more convenient way to get valuable information faster.


2 Comments so far

  1.    Claire Bowen on April 19, 2013 6:20 pm

    I like the “imagine…” trope here, Clara, but your introduction lacks specificity of phrasing and argument thus far. Is the ultimate point you want to make one of convenience? That’s a great point technologically, but what about the argument that while there is the speeding up of information gathering, there’s no such thing as speeding up learning?

  2.    Taylor Kobran on April 22, 2013 2:27 pm

    I agree with Prof. Bowen here, Clara. I really like your opening paragraph because it is an interesting, creative way to begin your paper. I was a little confused with the second paragraph though, because it seemed more like it was full of information about technology and learning, rather than an argument about digital literacy. My suggestion would be to get to your argument faster.

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