WHAT THIS COURSE IS ABOUT
The digital world is changing around us.
It was the 1980's when the Windows and Mac operating systems were released. It was 2004 when Facebook launched, followed by Twitter in 2006.
Since then we have seen many new applications developed - such as Pinterest and Instagram in 2010, Snapchat in 2011 and TikTok in 2017. There are new applications all the time, and the applications we use are also changing - Instagram launched IGTV in 2018 which allows people to upload long videos not just images.
Because things are changing quickly it's really hard to keep up.
In this course we'll try to help you keep up by looking at some of the technologies that we all use and encouraging you to ask some questions about them that might be helpful.
By doing so, the idea of to help you increase what has been called your digital literacy: the ability to understand and use technologies safely, effectively and productively.
WHO THIS COURSE IS FOR
This course is not just for students but also for parents and teachers. Each of you will need to know different things to improve your digital literacy - but there are also some common questions you can ask.
If you are a student some of the issues that might be important include how your data is used (your digital footprint), how you know and control what is seen about you (your privacy) and about some of the uses of new applications and services - to learn about the world, share information and make new things.
If you are a teacher it's important to understand these issues but also to be able to compare, contrast, and analyse new technologies so that you can use them in your teaching.
And if you are a parent, because it can be hard to keep up with the latest messaging app your teen is using or the latest video app or game they are spending time on, you might need to know what kinds of things these apps and services do. This course will help you.
WHO YOU ARE
Depending on who you are, we have some different things you can learn about.
There are separate courses for students, parents and teachers. Each deal with a different aspect of digital literacy for different apps, platforms or services - messaging, video sharing, gaming and social media. We'll be adding more topics soon.
All of these courses are open to anyone. If you are a student, why not read about what we say in our courses for teachers and parents; if you are a parent, you might like to read what we say to teachers and your children.