Teaching digital ‘skills’ and competences is about…
(A summary top 20)
- Verbose naming conventions, (preceded by date)
- Minimal folder trees
- Shorter file names [also not using whitespace in filenames ever]
- Date form: year/month/day, always, no exceptions
- Never use generic file names like ‘meeting’ as the first word of a file name
- Use a single note making app that is synched regularly between devices
- Never depend on the Cloud
- Use versioning wherever possible for back ups
- Use back-up software if possible, or learn command line to do it
- If you use Google Drive to share files, learn how to use less files and less folders
- List all the devices you use, prioritise them, and back up accordingly, from every week to every month, to external hard drives
- Avoid any important docs on more than one device as single static items. This is the road to hell.
- Do not use emails to manage a project
- Do not use Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp to share important information (it’s really amateur, and hard to find things later)
- Do not use horror fonts, childish formatting or ‘humour’ in digital work. It makes you look like an idiot.
- Never tell Facebook the truth about yourself, make things up. Apart from your name maybe.
- Keep yourself fairly anonymous on other social media (especially Twitter)
- Don’t share anything online you couldn’t show to your mother if you had to, unless she is very narrow minded, in which case find another role model.
- Don’t tell lies online (or anywhere else)
- Find better things to do with your sexy gorgeous digital devices, not only social media, even though it is fun and can be very useful.
What is social media for?
- I use social media to understand other people.
- I use social media to understand myself.
- I use social media to learn humility and enjoy other people’s posts even though I might think they’re boring.
- I use social media to examine how I behave towards other people.
- I use social media to learn the art of self control.
- I use social media to appreciate the vast diversity of life and the world around me.
- I use social media to be aware of dangers and potential wrong decisions I have made, or others have made.
- I use social media to enjoy other people’s achievements without being jealous.
- I use social media to reflect upon my place in the world.
- I use social media to discover that I am not as great as I thought I was.
- I use social media to discover that other people are more interesting than I thought they were.
- I use social media to…
Derived from recent social media posts May 2019.
An Evernote note on digital literacy skills tinyurl.com/dig-lit-pen
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