Tuesday, May 5, 2020

BYOD for Digital Emanicipation

Remember when you had to go to a priest or a scribe to have a letter read or written? Nah, fundamental literacy has been pretty much an expectation of enlightened society for a few hundred years. Pockets of under-privileged people have always persisted for whom lack of literacy has resulted in exploitation and disadvantage. One of Paulo Frierie's main missions was to emancipate the poor by promoting literacy and his harshest criticisms was for systems and institutions that deprived poor people of access to education. We have a similar circumstance today with respect to digital literacy. The ability to participate in our current society is, in part, governed by our ability to use information and communications networks. Society recognizes this and increasingly, digital literacy is seen as an essential skill which is being infused into the regular school curriculum.