Digital Literacy Activity



I believe yes Wikipedia’s definitions are very good description for what Digital literacy means and it provided different examples as well for various social media platforms and blog.

As for the Twitter search I found someone called “Carol Hartman” sharing different links and adding the hashtag #diglit. However, there are many unrelated posts with this hashtag, so no I did not find valuable links through twitter.

The definitions I found for what digital literacy means are:

It refers to an individual’s ability to find, evaluate reliability, create and communicate clear information through writing and other forms of communication on various digital platforms

Examples of Digital Literacy. Understanding how to use web browsers, search engines, email, text, wiki, blogs, Photoshop, PowerPoint, video creation/editing software, etc. to showcase learning. Evaluating online resources for accuracy/trustworthiness of information.

Digital literacy helps in begin computing with confidence, be more productive at home and at work, stay safe online, use technology to complement your lifestyle, and consider careers where you can put your skills to work.


As for Digital skills:

It is the ability to deal with difference systems which adds to your strength and makes you on a higher level of digital literacy.

This could include CRMs, internal collaboration tools, intranets, HR systems, programming and learning management systems, programming, and app development. A strong list of digital skills for your organization will always include general skills and package-specific competencies.


Then as for Digital Fluency:

“Fluency” is broader than “literacy.” Being ‘digitally literate’ means acquiring the skills to make and create meaning, and select technologies to do so. Being fluent requires competencies and capabilities that go beyond the skill level

Digital fluency is a combination of:

  • digital, or technical, proficiency: able to understand, select and use the technologies and technological systems;
  • digital literacy: cognitive or intellectual competencies, which include being able to read, create, evaluate and make judgments and apply technical skills while doing so;
  • social competence, or dispositional knowledge: the ability to relate to others and communicate with them effectively
  • Being ‘digitally literate’means acquiring the skills to make and create meaning, and select technologies to do so. Being fluent requires competencies and capabilities that go beyond the skill level. Someone who is digitally fluent not only selects tools and knows what to do with them, but can explain why they work in the way they do and how they might adapt what they do if the context were to change.
  • For example, if you are literate, you might be able to follow instructions to set up a shared document online and use it for a clear purpose. If you are fluent, you can self-select from a range of tools to achieve the same outcome, navigate collaborative spaces effectively and confidently with other people.


Concerning the article published by POMO ,there is very good information on this website, however, I did not feel it is credible as the numerous adds, low number of reviews, no comments and it was published in 2014 and was not updated since then.

The academic quality of the definitions I found is in between low and high, yet I would go for low.

As I understood from the different sources( the video, different websites and the article by Dr. Maha Bali ,Digital skills focuses on which toll to use and how, while digital literacy focuses on when to use this tool, why and what are the possible obstacles or threats that a person might face.

I found the video extremely beneficial, as its short and full of information. The use of examples helped me a lot to grasp and understand the difference between Digital literacy, Digital Skills and Digital fluency. In the video explained it as the mechanics of the car is different than how to drive and the driving rules and that’s how digital skills and digital literacy are different. Literacy without the skills or vice versa is not complete cuz it’s either not useful or dangerous when using unsafe sources for instance. Fluency is a mix between some literacy and some skills like being fluent in a language, you know the language quite well and you know how to use its grammar too for example.

As for the Egyptian context, I think that the most important element of digital literacy is knowing the possible threats and implications of using a certain platform and the way an individual behaves on it. This is due to the set restrictions and the tracking of behavior by the government forces to limit the political hassle.

Some of the links I use are:

I use sites as Investopedia and Bloomberg to get business information and news. They are perfect when it comes to being insightful, updated and they share interesting stuff. On the other hand, I use Facebook and Instagram to stay tuned with the day to day news linked to my friends and relatives. I like how they are fun regarding what is shared on them. Also, I like that they contain lots of visuals and videos that attract me a lot.

As for the activity, I found the article very beneficial as it clearly explained the difference between Digital literacy, Digital Skills and Digital fluency. I liked how it included examples to illustrate each point and give in depth understanding of its content. I had fun annotating the parts I liked as it was so beneficial to add the comments and notes I wanted as I went on reading in order not to forget them later.


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