The Death of Digital Literacy?

Monday 9 February 2015

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Room E0.07, John Dalton East, John Dalton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Chester Street, Manchester, M1 5GD

Andrew Whitworth, University of Manchester

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In recent years in UK education, the idea of 'digital literacy' has become absorbed into a more technical project of developing 'computational thinking' in younger learners, with the prompt for this being the Royal Society's 2013 report "Shutdown or Restart".

But focusing on programming and tools such as the Raspberry Pi, while laudable from one perspective, harks back to the 1980s and a rather different real-world ICT environment. What has been lost from the new digital literacy discourse is critical thinking -- which in the 21st century has never been more important to learners. This presentation discusses why this is, and presents some case studies of research being done in Manchester that highlight the political issues arising here.