Tech Savvy? Help is on the way.


2016 is the National Year of Digital Inclusion and Gawler Public Library will be doing a series of Tech Savvy posts to promote Digital Literacy and help you keep connected through tips and information designed to demystify the technological mire. The path toward being digitally literate is always made easy when others share their tips and insights and throughout our series of blog posts, we welcome your tips, hints and comments to add to our  shared knowledge-bank.  So…
Welcome to our first post.

The first thing to understand is that because technology changes so quickly, everyone is learning and everyone is trying to keep up. The good news is, help is available, if you know where to look. We will take information from reputable sources with plenty of links for you to follow.


Digital Language
To begin, we thought we’d take a closer look at some digital language. New words creep up on us and words like Blog, App, Tweet, Hashtag, Follow, Like, Tag and Post have become part of everyday conversation.

In our Digital Economy, (an economy based in digital technologies) it is increasingly important for people to be digitally literate. According to Cornell University, Digital Literacy is the ‘ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the Internet’. For those of us not confident with the concepts, becoming digitally literate is like learning a new language. Learning a new language is tough. Trying to understand how to put it all together can be confusing and frustrating when it seems so different. To add to the mix, there are so many words being introduced to our vocabulary through technology that trying to keep up is a challenge.


The good news is, there are many sites on the internet that can help you to learn. An SA Government initiative; ForwardIt is a great website that helps you to learn how to use the internet safely and securely, at your own pace. We’ve included their Jargon Buster for you to download onto your computer or device to keep as a reference:
As with any new language, the key to understanding is to use it. Practice your digital knowledge when speaking with other like minded people or help others who would like to know more.  If you’re in doubt, ask someone in the library. We’re dealing with this language all the time and if we haven’t heard it, then we can work together to find out more.

If you are looking for more on digital literacy or the digital economy, try ForwardIT:
If you’re looking for a computer to practice your skills or to further explore the websites mentioned in this series of posts, visit the Gawler Public Library website’s Online Resources:
The library website also has information regarding location, opening times and computer use, or you can call to book a computer. There are also plenty of books available to borrow regarding digital literacy topics and devices.

Post Contributor: Melinda Kennedy


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