Digital Literacy Essay

1290 Words Feb 1st, 2014 6 Pages
Digital Literacy
ENG122: English Composition II
Angela Temple
January 20, 2014

In today’s world it is a requirement to be digitally literate in order to be able to function in a capacity that enables one to be more successful whether it is at home, school, at our jobs or even looking for a job. Over the last few decades our environment has evolved into a digital environment. Being or becoming digitally literate is essential in being successful in this digital environment. Almost everything we do today requires some sort of digital knowledge or literacy. From surfing the internet to searching for a job to being able to perform our jobs, we are required to have some sort of digital
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A recent report from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that children from 8 through 18 years of age spend 7 hours and 38 minutes each day consuming media, “which is almost the amount of time most adults spend at work each day, except that young people use media seven days a week instead of five” (Kinzer, 2010). Communication is another area in which being digitally literate can really be an advantage. Just like in a work environment where emails are sent back and forth as a form of communication, the same thing can be done at home. A lot of time and money can be saved, making one more productive by being able to send an email versus a letter by mail. Not only can money be saved on a stamp, envelope and paper, but the recipient can get the email almost instantaneously. Not having to wait upwards of a week for the correspondence to reach its intended party, and then waiting for a response from the intended party can make us much more productive and obviously save lots of time. Another important aspect of being digitally literate is the online college programs or certificate programs. A larger portion of the success of students in online programs is due to being digitally literate. Without a certain level of digital literacy, achieving success would be next to impossible in an online environment. Logging on to the school site, navigating around in the classroom and submitting discussions and assignments all require good computer skills and

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