Digital Nation ....... Digital-Age Literacies !

WEBB Middle East
Posted May 13, 2014 from United Arab Emirates
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The Middle East as a region has enormous potential both economically and socially if it begins to develop a more digitally literate society. Being digitally literate means more than just knowing how to use a computer or surf the internet . In Middle Eastern Communities, the overlap between people who are digitally excluded and who suffer from low or no digital skills is huge.These people - if they remain disengaged from the digital world - will not be part of the online world revolution. True digital literacy requires being empowered with information on how to best use digital communications to succeed both economically and socially. Learning new digital skills in the community is an essential first step to move the region forward, but learning needs to continue at home.Due to some survey, the most valuable feedback came from the “teach your parents” activity. Ex; -I showed my mom how to use her Iphone once she got it and it was easy for me, but hard for her. -I taught my dad how to use an iPod. It was kind of funny because I understood all of the technological terms but he was not familiar with some of them so I had to find different words to use. It took a while but he finally got it.

In fact,We understood that digital communications is a way to share Arab voices with the rest of the world .So,Through a better understanding of what digital literacy is and where the current gaps are,we created our online platform "WEBB-middleeast.com" & " WEBB-middleeast.org" to start looking at this issue more deeply, and take a chance to learn how to use it to gain competitive advantages in Today's & Tomorrow's Global market .

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Bharti Singh Chauhan
May 20, 2014
May 20, 2014
Mary S
Jun 14, 2014
Jun 14, 2014

Thanks for sharing. I agree that it is important for people all over the world to have access to technology as it can bring many new opportunities and new ideas.

What you write about teaching parents to use technology is interesting, it shows that most people can learn, as long as the training is adapted to their needs and does not make assumptions about what they already know.

Good luck with your websites!

Mary

WEBB Middle East
Jun 14, 2014
Jun 14, 2014

Thank you Mary S . for your comment