Digital Literacy in the U.S.
ENG122: English Composition 2
In our new digital world we along with our kids are learning more about how computers are taking us into the future. While computer are not without their issues, schools are making students take computer classes if they do not type well enough because computer skills make us wanted as an employee, people being able read and write emails, and use computers are becoming a career requirements in many fields of work. Computers are a wave of the future, it has been proven that reading, typing, and writing are now the most important skills people need to have just to get a job. Many businesses want their new employees to have the ability to type with little to no errors. First, schools are making students take computer classes if they are not able to type accurately or well enough because computer skills will make people a wanted employee. Many of us did not think about these ideas when they were offering computer classes in our schools. When I was in a school computer typing classes were offered as electives, I however was not thinking about the direction that computers were heading at that time. When I went and applied for a job doing surveys they wanted me to be able to type a minimum of 40 words per minute with no errors. They paid by the hour, so they wanted as much work as they could get in each hour. There is a fact that not only is technology affecting the United States of America it is affecting other countries due to the fact that the internet is becoming a great source for locating information for reports and for students to use in class. There is so much information available on the internet if you just learn how to be digitally literate. Additionally, people read and write emails every day. People do not realize how much it helps them to read and write emails on a daily basis. It makes their writing skills reach higher levels that they may not have reached otherwise. People from my generation never realized that computers were going to revolutionize the learning process for so many of us. Even for me it has taken time to learn how to type. Many of our screens that we use are becoming LED or LCD which are not as hard on our eyes. Many of the older style of monitors would hurt your eyes due to the radiation that they gave off. As computers became used more businesses, whether it is to run the machine or to process information people have had to learn proper uses for computers. There is constantly talk about bridging the digital literacy divide, however many do not look at the facts that now a days you can access the library information through the World Wide Web a.k.a. the internet. It used to be that you had to walk down the street and go into the library to find information for a report or an essay that you have to write. When the internet started many did not know what to do with the internet it was what frontier the dot com era of digital literacy. Now we are on to portable devices like the tablets, smartphones, and laptops these all are things that add to the digital literacy. Finally, the most important reason schools are making students take computer classes if they do not type well enough is computers are becoming a career requirement in so many fields now days. They have started with IPads in Los Angeles, Ca. schools. I found that other countries are assisting with information to help break down the literary borders due to how important those skills have become. Over the past many years much of the world has tried to reduce the digital divide through a number of media literacy and e-learning projects even though there has been little success due to poor approaches to the problem. One country will eventually figure out how to get digital literacy to be an easier subject to bring everyone into the new era. In the era that I am talking about there are those people that are considered a digital native. These are...
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