The way we are communicating is changing as our technology is advancing. Technology will always be evolving and therefore digital literacy will be always changing. Digital literacy “is the ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the Internet.”
The way I understand it is that it is all about how you create and produce content for the world to see using all forms of medias. It is important for sites to be visually appealing to attract viewers, but to also be easy to navigate and understand to have viewer retention. Being able to combine design and functionality will lead to success in any form of digital media. In addition to design and functionally, content must be concise. When writing, it is important to make sure that content is useful to your targeted audience. It also needs to carry your own personal voice.
I think this most important aspect in any form of digital media. If your content doesn’t reflect you and your personal voice, chances are you aren’t branding yourself to the best of your abilities. Voice will allow your readers to relate to you and create a conversation. Conversation is crucial to certain types of media: blogs being the one that come to mind first. As I look back on this semester, we have all been creators of digital content. We have been a part of a journey in which we have learned about the digital age in which we live, but also about ourselves and how we want to be presented to others. Digital media and literacy will always be changing but after these past four months I think I speak for us all when I say we are all ready to continue the journey that we have begun.
Through out this semester we have all been a part of a larger conversation through digital media. I felt that I was most connected when working on my personal blog.
This aspect of my Multimedia Project has allowed me to explore a variety of media and techniques. From creating collages to editing movies, this project as allowed me to try out a variety of different digital medias necessary to become successful in this age. This project also helped me form my own personal voice. It forced me to take a step back and really thing logistically about the success of my content. I had to think about my target audience and picking topics relevant to them. I had to think about portraying myself to people that have never met me. Voice played a huge role in this. Along the way, I struggled to write in a concise manner. My topic is something I really enjoy, therefore when it came to writing, I found myself writing too much. Editing and revising was a major part in my digital journey. I’ve enjoyed finding my voice and contributing to a greater conversation about something I’m passionate about.
As the journey with this class comes to a close, I am excited to see where it continues next. Through creating my personal website I have created a platform which I will continue to improve over the rest of my college years and beyond. I am looking forward to the new things I will learn and the opportunities I will experience because of all I have learned over the last four months.
Its been a great journey and I’m glad I got to share it with the people I did.