What is success in digital literacy?

I blinked and suddenly it was February!

I’ve been putting a lot of thought into Digital Literacy and to be honest, I am constantly surprised. I like to ask for specific things each person wants to learn so we have some goals to reach. It can be as simple as how to use the mouse and keyboard, up to how to use Word and Excel to create a mail merge. What it never seems to be, however, is what I would have expected.

I’m learning that the foundational skills in digital literacy have different meanings for everyone. And it’s the same with success. What one person might count as a success can be remarkably different from someone else’s idea of success. We measure individual success based on our own needs. 

Successes in Digital Literacy

One of the greatest successes anyone can have in digital literacy isn’t how to do one specific task on their device–it’s learning where and how to find out more information. For PALS learners, this first success is coming here for extra help.

Some of our learners, however, have gone above and beyond in this area and are using Google to search for how to perform specific tasks in Microsoft Word and Excel. This is such a fantastic way to learn and try new things!

As a side note, when I worked in tech support, more often than not we were Googling the solution to many of the issues people would call about. There is no shame in using Google to support your learning!

Something Fun

Jigsaw puzzles are a popular way to relax, but did you know that digital puzzles will also have you practicing your mouse skills? In order to finish the puzzle you click and drag the pieces to where they belong and watch as the pieces click together.

Give this puzzle a try and let me know what you think! Do you find your mouse skills improving? Or did you just find the puzzle relaxing? Either way, I hope you have fun!

If you are interested in learning more about digital literacy or have any questions, call me!

I would love to hear from you and talk about how digital literacy can change your life.

Digital Literacy Coordinator

Laureen Guldbrandsen
Call: 780-424-5514, press 4

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