The digital world offers tremendous opportunities for young people, but teaching students to think critically about digital media is key. In this blog we look at digital literacy in education and highlight the immersive and impactful Lyfta resources you need to introduce critical thinking in the classroom.
Emmaculate working in storyworld Fashion Photographer
Today, technology permeates every aspect of our lives, from connecting with friends and family, accessing vital services through to working remotely. According to a recent study, the average British adult spends 59 hours a week using the internet. The COVID-19 pandemic in particular has highlighted the integral role that the online world plays in our lives, as we have had to rely on the internet like never before. When preparing young people for the challenges of the wider world, digital literacy is therefore essential.
But what does it mean to be digitally literate? Digital literacy is not just about having a technical understanding of how to use digital tools. It requires the development of critical thinking skills - the ability to be a critical consumer of information by questioning sources and discerning reliable content. Digital literacy also requires an understanding of the standards of behaviour expected online, as well an awareness of the social issues created by technology.
According the government's Online Media Literacy Strategy, empowering young people with the skills to thrive in the digital world is key, but, as technology changes and younger generations become more and more social media-savvy, it isn't always easy to engage students with digital literacy in an impactful and relevant way.
"Only 2% of children have the critical literacy skills needed to discern truthful content from false information…"
ONLINE MEDIA LITERACY STRATEGY
DEPARTMENT FOR DIGITAL, CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT
Trailer to Fashion Photographer Storyworld
Lyfta's Fashion Photographer storyworld follows Emmaculate Jacobine, a young artist and YouTuber capturing the latest trends on the streets of Nairobi, Kenya. The resources and lesson plans for this storyworld look at digital literacy, and in particular support teachers to empower students to ask critical questions, recognise bias and understand that not everything on the internet is as it appears. The resources also focus on maintaining personal wellbeing while online.
As well as digital literacy resources, immersive film, 360 spaces and rich media articles, the fashion photographer invites students to explore modern Nairobi, learn about sustainable fashion, and discover what it's like to be a young woman in photography.
The People's Philosopher
Marcelo from storyworld The People's Philosopher
The storyworld features YouTuber Marcelo from São Paulo who is teaching philosophy to his peers online. It presents an excellent opportunity for exploring various aspects of online information sharing and the positive and negative uses of social media.
Marcelo's journey as a YouTuber provides insight into how people present themselves online. It showcases both positive aspects, such as his commitment to spreading knowledge and engaging with diverse perspectives, and potentially negative impacts, such as dealing with online criticism and managing personal well-being. This can help students understand the complexities of online identity and its consequences.