Digital Games Reflection

The idea of these digital games as a whole interested me so much, as it’s a new way of learning that makes a person understand the situation, the concepts and know new information that sticks to the head through putting themselves in others shoe to get a sense of what things feel like in the case of others and under the umbrella of the topic we are studying. Here are some points about the games I played…

Spent:

For this game I was supposed to be a father who just got a low income job and hence a tight budget for the rest of the month and the goal is to survive to day 30. I like this game the most as its aligned with today’s financial situations in Egypt and its essential to feel how others struggle through it. It was also capturing for me as a business student when it gets to how to divide your financial and what’s worth spending and what’s not. Each answer I made decided my next step or direction in the game and the feeling of its challenges was engaging.On the other hand, the one thing I did not like about the game was upon your choices it may redirect to Facebook or Twitter and then it shuts down. I felt that this was a turn off for me as I wanted to continue with the choices I made.The game made me feel others struggle, how you may sacrifice your health issue to save money, how to prioritize your spendings and above all how it feels when you really want to respond to your children’s needs,yet you don’t have the capabilities.The game also has interesting facts about some percentages like ; people who ignore their health status and what risks does this result in, children who get bullied at schools. For their financial situation, how employers may deal with absence for work etc..

I really like the game, would put it above all the rest and Ive even recommended it to some friends who played it and liked it too.

Syrian Refugee:

This game was about putting yourself in the shoe of a Syrian refugee who is trying to escape the situation in Syria and go to another country for better life and your first decision is to go either through Turkey or Egypt and either by boat or through land.I liked here how your decisions decide your destiny and may lead your to different paths.Also, how it made me feel the amount of pain and struggle refugees go through as I honestly never thought about it that much. For me the game was so good, yet it was not as “spent” due to my interests and preference . I did not lean much from the games information facts, yet I learned about the Refugee’s path, what they have to face , the choices they have to make and to what these choices might lead.

Domestic Abuse:

In this game I was supposed to be a married women who gets abused by her husband and act upon different situations. I liked the topic and the concept behind the game as I know this problem is still prevalent in our Egyptian society (specially in the lower socioeconomic classes). I did not like couple of things about the game as; using so intense examples, having illogical options to choose from or having few option , it did not have different paths according to my choice and i felt that i am reaching for nothing at the end of this game. The game made my sympathize with women who get abused and have the urge to encourage everyone to work and be self depended so she can sustain her life in case she needs to get a divorce .I felt that the game’s strongest point was to raise awareness about this issue and to provide some facts and percentages about domestic abuse specially in Egypt( I did not think it was THAT prevalent)

Sleep Deprived Mom:

Here I was to put my self in a sleep deprived mother’s shoe. The game puts you in some situations where you have to choose between sleep or getting the task done ( for 7 days) .I played this game to get a sense of the amount of pain and struggle my mom and every mother goes through for sake of her children.I liked the concept behind this game and its length was good too. What i did not like about it is that again it did not have different scenarios based and whatever your chose you will be directed to the same path.The game made me get a sense of being a parent as I will choose always to fulfill my children’s needs over sleep.However, I wont choose things as reading a book or meeting a friend over sleep and getting some rest. The game made me learn more situations that a mother goes through as mothers usually suffer in silence and they never show the impacts of the burdens they have.

Street Sweeper:

In this you is a street sweeper and you get to deal with some situations that street sweepers face everyday. I like that the game is like the first two games in terms of having different scenario scenarios based on your choices. The situations that were mentioned were so real and that made me get a sense of what’s the situation might be like in case as this. i also like the length of the game ( not being to long) as long games might start to get boring after some questions. I think the game was very good and nothing about it was a point out. The game urged me to sympathize with street sweepers more and more by taking care of my actions that might affect them negatively. The game had good facts as the street sweeper’s salary, working hours and conditions which I did not know much about before playing the game.

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Empathy and Bias reflection

During the last month, in my global studies class i was introduced to the first topic of the course which is “Empathy and Bias ”. To start with, I initially got familiar with how to use a blog to write posts like this and how to use Slack application in order to stay in touch with my professor and class mates and that’s how we kicked of the topic.My first post was about my Alternative CV which made me express myself in a different and new way, as I had to choose the certain words and criteria that I feel they describe me the most.I found that so much fun and I linked it with something that I like which is the “Fifa” game.

Then, moving on with the real work. I learned the perciption of Africans in the eyes of the rest of the world and how these ideas and views are imbeded in the minds of people through “dont ask me where I am from” ( Ted Talk), beside the ted talk by chimamanda ngozi adichie” danger of a single story” which also made me think how I might be similar to those people in the eyes of the world as I am from Africa as well. These two talks made me wonder what do foreign people think when they know that I am Egyptian ( they might think that I live near the pyramids and I ride a camel to university everyday for instance!?). They also made me take care of the”Biased” ideas I create in my mind based on very few information that I know about other people .

Away from this , another thing that I learned was how to use “Hypothesis” a website for annotation. My first thing there was Dr.Maha Bali’s article which helped me to learn the concept behind the difference between digital literacy, skills and fluency. Her video explaining these concepts was so helpful too as she gave brief examples that made understanding the idea of each title easier for me .

Then came Lina Mounzer’s article” War in translation: giving voice to the women of syria” which had much more touch points than just “Empathy”. Take it from a person who is not really into reading, the article was awesomely written, had lots of emotions and it really touched my heart. The way it’s written and the descriptions there as well as the explanations provided by the author to facilitate understanding what’s happening , everything was just perfect about it and gave me a deep view of the Syrian refugee cases.

Finally , the Digital games we played in class had much to do with empathy and I enjoyed them so much, yet I will reflect on them in the coming post.

Links:

https://course.oeru.org/lida101/learning-pathways/introduction-to-digital-literacies/digital-skills-versus-literacies/

https://www.ted.com/talks/taiye_selasi_don_t_ask_where_i_m_from_ask_where_i_m_a_local

Digital skills

I found the results of this test to be reflecting exactly my digital capabilities. As it shows I have the basic knowledge of finding and using info all the way to communicating them to other people . I am really looking forward to develop further skills and capabilities which might take me to a higher level and make me more able to deal with the digital world

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.

REF:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_literacy

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/digitalliteracy

https://teach.com/blog/what-is-digital-literacy/

https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/knowledge-hub/digital-literacies

https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/11/09/what-is-digital-literacy.html

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.

REF:

https://digitalskillsacademy.com/blog/the-top-10-digital-skills-tech-companies-are-looking-for-today

http://www.skillsoft.com/assets/white-papers/Skillsoft_whitepaper_What-are-digital-skills-a-comprehensive-definition.pdf

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.

REF:

http://blog.core-ed.org/blog/2015/10/what-is-digital-fluency.html

http://elearning.tki.org.nz/Teaching/Digital-fluency

https://study.com/academy/lesson/what-is-digital-fluency-definition-example.html

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:

https://www.investopedia.com/

https://www.bloomberg.com/middleeast

https://www.instagram.com/

https://www.facebook.com/

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 Hypothes.is 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.

 

Twitter scavenger hunt

Honestly, this activity was not so interesting for me. Maybe cuz I’m not a twitter fan or maybe cuz there wasn’t much interaction during the activity. Adding to this, for some reason I felt lost a bit and things weren’t that organized for me.

I expected it to be more fun with further interaction and more exciting aspects like a competition for example .

On the other hand, I just tweeted two mysterious posts, retweeted someone’s post as I like the post’s colors and then I waited for any further interaction but unfortunately nothing happened.

The activity refreshed my mind on how to use twitter and I sent a personal message to Unboundeq. I liked that the activity was pretty easy and wasn’t complicated much.

I hope that this hashtag gives space for more interaction in the future where I can get to know new people and have more fun experiences.

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