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Digital Literacy Introduction

Digital Literacies: An Introduction

By Tom Rowledge and Tom Davidson, Digichamps and Web Science Students

Digital Literacies are the way people use digital technology, to achieve any objective.

Can be broken down into 4 parts as shown.

Information Management - evaluating sources, searching google, (online courses ?)Creating Materials - build portfolio online, use of services different to powerpoint etc. (Prezi, H5P, Canvas.)Effective Communication - use digital services to collaborate, communicate and work together.Identity and Communication - password use, material available about you online.


Many people have perceptions of how they use technology, or how tech-savvy they might be. We are interested to hear your perceptions, and why you might think that way.

So please can you navigate to: and complete the survey.

At the end you will be given a grade reflecting various aspects of your own digital literacyDigital Health-Check

Online IdentityArguably the most important part of Digital Literacies, so here were going to do something a bit different.

Were going to show you how information might be gathered about you online.


Nothing to do with meIt is easy to think that this doesnt matter to you, for a number of reasons: Since all privacy settings are set to Only friends or equivalent. But, many dont know that every time Facebook updates its terms and conditions (even just changing one word), and you accept, everything changes back to publicMany people believe that Facebook and others dont know that much about them

Find Out What They Know About YouFacebookGoogle (Only really works if you use lots of Google services)Log onto Facebook on a computerGo to Facebook Settings. Click at the bottom of the first page; Download a Copy

Wait for the email to arriveYou can use a combination of Websites to explore Googles to see Google+ information, or if you dont use this, other information you have given - to see everything about your Google account, including Location History which tracks your phone! - to see what information Google thinks it knows about you, from your browsing habits fun to see what they have guessed at

Apple iPhone Location TrackingGo To SettingsPrivacyLocation ServicesScroll down to the Bottom where you should see System Services Then Press Frequent LocationsYou have a history now come upyou can click on them to see visits, a map, and the time spent at these locations!

This data is not sent to Apple however, were merely showing you just so you can see quite how much data exists on you.

Google Maps History InstructionsVisit Scroll down to Location HistoryThen press View Location HistoryNow you can navigate along the timeline

Online IdentityIt should therefore be very clear that it is best to be careful about what you post online for:Security there is a wealth of information that can fall into the wrong hands. Image employers are now more and more and more (were sure youve heard this as many times as us) checking up on prospects on Facebook. This is most important us, as we are both the group who needs jobs, and who are also most likely to be photographed on the floor of Jesters drenched in last nights Jesticle

What Lack of an Online Identity Is Doing


Please fill in these surveys depending on what personal data you were able to access:

Facebook: Search History: Location History: Maps Location:

Lecture and Follow UpLecture will include:Data Analysis on what youve provided todayHow to generate a positive online identity Information on resources to improve your skills and employability

In the meantime:Visit the Business Management Blog ( and read the blog post on Digital Literacies.and others if youre feeling it ;-)

Complete our Survey

We also ask you to please complete our survey:Link:

Thanks again.