Digital Literacy Narrative
As the world strives to achieve urbanization, technological literacy is becoming more imperative. My first technological encounter was via a computer game called “Dangerous Dave”. It was one dimensional. After each level I played the more attached and addicted to it I became. I was not even suspecting that this negligible activity would change my life considerably. As a child, my curiosity grew as I tried to unfold what else a computer can do. Fortunately, my aunt knew of the applications and taught me what she knew. For example, how to use Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel and how she used those applications in her business.
As the world moves towards the computer age, one is able to pick up some merits and demerits. For example, reduced paperwork is an advantage due to the ability of a computer to hold information in soft copy. Retrenching of employees is a disadvantage as a computer is more machine oriented. Sponsors such as Hewlett and Packard try to train their buyers through computer tutorials and online help options. Moreover, they invested heavily in research and development departments so that they may uncover the means of making their programs and applications more user-friendly. They have also set up schools in which they taught about computer literacy.
Through my journey of technological literacy, several elements aided me to my development. One of the elements is the cultural element. People’s beliefs, customs, and practices are geared towards technological literacy as means of grasping a better future since it aids individuals to keep up with cultural advancements globally though the internet.
Another element is the cognitive element. In order to fully appreciate technological literacy, one has to understand how the device functions (for example, the computer input-output process which is essential). Moreover, hardware and software are integral parts of computer literacy.
The constructive element is a very important element after. This is because after one fully understands the functioning, he/she is able construct new resources or options. This is essential as it helps one stand out from the rest. For example, various combinations of technological know-how can be used so as to make work easier.
The communicative element is also important. The current trend globally is social networking. Technological communicating devices are becoming vast and smaller in size with the most imperative feature being communication. This helps as the device can be shared, scrutinized, criticized, and polished to perfection.
It would be futile if any individual lacked the confidence element. When designing technological literacy, one has to be confident on the acts he or she takes when trying to not only to understand but use the literacy to better the technological advances.
The creative element goes hand in hand with the confident element. Due to ever changing technological advances and changes, one needs to be creative in order to curb the problems and find a means of changing their failures into successes. This element is chief as it tends to differentiate the leaders and followers.
The critical element is vital. When developing technological literacy, one needs to wholly understand the audience he/she wants to capture. This element avoids ambiguity.
The civic element is also significant; it serves the purpose of appreciation of technological literacy by the society through social networking. This will also ease the burden of marketing and popularity.
Certain factors promote technological literacy while others hinder it. Among the many factors that promote it, we find the government promotion of education. Through free public schooling activities youth are able to obtain knowledge, eventually becoming technologically literate. Moreover, with the deficiency of public schooling facilities to match the large number of youth in need of education, private investors contribute to private schooling leading to technological literacy.
Emergent issues present clearly that the world revolves round technology; this is another factor that promotes technological literacy. In order to keep up with these issues, every country needs to develop its technological foundation with technological literacy among the major building blocks.
The push parents give their siblings to understand technology is another promotional factor. Children witness their parents are forced to go back to school to understand technological literacy, which interferes with their career development.
Advertising firms promote technological literacy. New progressions in the field of expertise are publicized in an attractive manner urging individuals to purchase it.
Among the factors that hinder technological literacy are critics who think that technology is bringing in more vices than virtues. They criticize any new advancement in the world of technology. Since technology emerges frequently so will the critics. Some vices such as pornography which clouds the youths’ brains.
Another hindrance is the fact that most technological devices cannot operate without a reliable power source like electricity. This is a barrier to all developing countries that will not be able to access neither technological advances nor practical technological literacy.
Money is another hindrance. In order to access the best and latest technological gadget, one needs to have large amounts of money. This is hardly the case in many countries. Unfortunately, countries opt for the technology which they can afford which is more often than not outdated.
Technology is also faced by threat of dubious individuals who go to the extent of creating rogue programs, which corrupt the software of the technological devices for their own pleasure. This slows down the efficiency of the device and dubs the device irrelevant.
Scarcity of individuals who are skilled with technological literacy is another barrier.
My recommendation of promoting technological literacy is for the governments to pass laws that promote technological literacy as a vital branch of the educational system.
Another way is the government investing in the research and development sector so that home grown individuals can come up with their own custom technologies.
Forming a social network that updates and answers any query involving technology will be a great promotional tool. This will force individuals to invest in technological devices so as to enjoy the services of that social network.
The government can set aside funds so that it may improve its infrastructure; consequently, technology will follow as the areas will be able to manage with the industrial advances.
Schools can hold hi-tech school competitions and trips so that the students can converse and share out ideas on how to improve technology. Schools can hold computer parent days where the young ones can show of their computer skills. Schools should also reward those who perform well in hi-tech contests.
I strongly believe that technological literacy is fundamental for any society that aims to achieve great heights in development, not only the infrastructure but also society.