For the past couple of weeks, I have begun to familiarize myself with a few of the topics discussed within our CDL course. To give context, the ideas of code breaking and meaning-making have been the focus of the discussions. Notice the title and the reversal of words. Although it made sound rather clunky and harsh to read – it encompasses my ideas entirely. The idea that we must make code or in other words integrating many of the code-breaking techniques into your toolkit. This can come in the form of grammar, stylistic, video chats, texts, images, and more. Adding these ‘codes’ into your work is essential to progression as a whole for your ability to use digital literacy. AS for the breaking meaning, it follows a similar pattern to making code. To break the meaning or intention behind one’s work is very important along with other skills such as connecting texts, following tone or themes, understanding overall discussion within posts. Now for reference as to where I’ve started to look and learn from these critical digital literacy is at The Hard Refresh which has new tools to allow you to learn creative and stylistic ways to layout your blog. Plus it also teaches a bit of inline coding which may become useful. As well I have begone to utilize online tools for grammar checking and structuring. This has been a major help for someone such as myself who is an English major.
When finding meaning in an online text it is important to follow certain moral judgments and perhaps doing additional research on certain topics if you feel more is needed. Overall meaning making and code breaking has been very helpful in evaluating my own digital literacy usage. Utilizing all of the tools you have explored and learned in a critical digital literacy framework will create a difference in someone who is connected to the web, or digital spaces, and someone who struggles to maintain that form connection. This stems into many aspects of life as the simplest of tasks canbecomea chore and create a negative attitude towards digital spaces and tools.
Recently I have started to find myself spending more and more money due to the flexible/simplistic shopping methods of the web. To attempt to halt this destructive proccess I have begun to use the google tool ‘sheets’ to track my gross or losses for each month. Although this may not be education related, this is an easy form of tracking that I can use to manage my money and life online with ease from many devices.
Another topic I have already utilized, but I care to share is net security. The web has many was of retrieving your personal and private information. Many common ways are, POP (potentially unwanted programs) which come inside of other downloads, Phishing emails or websites, and many other trojan attacks on your computer. I have spent countless hours on the internet visiting chat forums, websites, games, and other downloadable content. From what I have tried and have experienced is that it is rather easy to be infected from the web. This calls for things such as dynamic passwords, security and not ‘auto-saving’ passwords. For me, the best security that I have been utilizing for years is eset which has kept me safe for years. Many computer anti-viruses are fine, but they often do not account for internet based security. This is a vital step in learning and utilizing the decoding aspect of critical digital literacy. People are trying every possible chance to find your credit card information of sensitive passwords. Be safe, and be smart.
Another aspect of digital literacy I find myself participating in is the idea of relating to texts, finding tone in texts, and then honing in on that certain topic. It has come to my attention that after I have started to focus on actually READING and UNDERSTANDING the text the digital spaces I frequent have had new meaning. Places such as forums where there are many different sects of discussion, or informationr regarding a task I can’t compelte myself have begun extremely helpful. I have begun to contact E-buddies to assist me with things such as blogging and building on the little coding knowledge I have. This also translates to the games I play when I have spare time.
Critical digital literacy has assisted me in many ways and created many focal points, and new ideas for me as a participant in these digital spaces.