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

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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 .

This story was written for World Pulse’s Women Weave the Web Digital Action Campaign. Learn more »

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Bharti Singh Chauh's picture

good luck

Amazing Write Up & good Luck for your

Do spare some time to read my article too

http://worldpulse.com/node/89112

Regards,
Bharti

Mary S's picture

Thanks for sharing. I agree

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

Thank you Mary S . for your comment

Rim Siam
Chairman of WEBB International Middle East
WEBB Megastore : www.webb-middleeast.com
WEBB Business center : www.webb-middleeast.org

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