According to Cornell University, digital literacy is the ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the internet. In other words to be digitally literate is to know how to research and use credible and reliable sources from the internet while giving credit where it is deserved. 

The words flexible, accurate, efficient, and appropriate describe the meaning of fluency. To be fluent is Spanish holds the same meaning as to be fluent in digital literacy. A person who has digital fluency, can use information found on the internet accurately, efficiently, and appropriately. The flexible part comes in when a person uses multiple sites, and technologies in order to back their information. Being flexible is to access multiple technologies and use them to the best of your ability in order to create maximum effectiveness toward the audience. 

When searching for elements of digital literacy, one source stood out among the others due to its personability, and effectiveness towards the individual researcher. There are seven elements all beginning with the letter “C” in order to make the memorization and impact easier. The seven elements of digital literacy are as follows: Cultural, the ability to move between several technologies and sites, and to distinguish the difference between social, and professional information and technology.

Cultural, the ability to move between several technologies and sites, and to distinguish the difference between social, and professional information and technology.

Cognitive, Knowing how to use the source, not only quoting information but using that information to control and back personal knowledge. Cognitive is using information to better your information, not to supply information for your audience.

Constructive, the ability to know how to take established information and apply personal knowledge in order to create a new and lasting idea. Also knowing where to draw the line when using found information so that plagiarism does not take place. 

Communicative, Using different technologies proficiently in order to communicate. Knowing what the social norm is and how it affects the human life. How communication can sway the human mind.

Confident, being confident in your work, and the backing of your information by others findings. But not confusing the two concepts in order to give credit to those who established the information before you. 

Critical, The ability to know when a site is reliable and credible. How will this information entice your audience, and will it allow the audience to trust your information that is being backed by the credible information.

Civic, Socially, people want to hear information that relates to them and that they believe in. By giving information that makes the human sound incompetent or powerless you lose your civic engagement. 

When it comes to digital literacy, I have a lot to learn. But I believe that I have had plenty of experience throughout school that has prepared me and built the framework for a digitally literate life. I know how to access credible information, site that information, and form ideas around it that would back my previously learned information. I can easily find reliable information on the internet, and I can use that information as a building block in my research. While I could easily write a twenty-page research paper on a famous poet or an undiscovered culture, I could use some more experience with research.

Some areas in which I lack digital literacy are in my ability to know when to stop using found information. It is hard to change from research to known information when you know nothing about the topic. I hope to learn how to transfer from information to knowledge and how to use different technologies and sites in order to apply the most reliable information to an assignment. 

As far as digital literacy goes…the above information did not come from my personal knowledge and I cannot take credit for that information. But as I dive deeper into what digital literacy means to me as a student, I hope to better understand digital literacy on a personal level and be able to apply it in my educated life.


Cornell University. (2009). Digital literacy is…. Cornell University Digital Literacy Resource.

jPodcaster. (October 1, 2012). Making sense of the 8 elements of digital literacy. Professionalism in the Digital Environment.