A Holistic Model of Thinking Skills in the Digital Era

A Holistic Model of Thinking Skills in the Digital Era

Yoram Eshet-Alkalai (The Open University of Israel, Israel)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 6
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-198-8.ch154
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Abstract

The present paper presents an updated version of the holistic model of Eshet-Alkalai (2004), adding to it the real-time thinking skill. The paper discusses the value of these skills in refining our understanding of how people interact with digital environments, and examines their application in improving communication among users, scholars and designers of digital environments. The digital thinking skills that are discussed in the paper are the, photo-visual, reproduction, branching, information, socio-emotional and real-time thinking skills . It is suggested that these six digital thinking skills exist in every learner, but their “volume” or “magnitude” differ from person to person.
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The present paper presents an updated version of the holistic model of Eshet-Alkalai (2004), adding to it the real-time thinking skill. The paper discusses the value of these skills in refining our understanding of how people interact with digital environments, and examines their application in improving communication among users, scholars and designers of digital environments. The digital thinking skills that are discussed in the paper are the, photo-visual, reproduction, branching, information, socio-emotional and real-time thinking skills . It is suggested that these six digital thinking skills exist in every learner, but their “volume” or “magnitude” differ from person to person.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Photo-Visual Digital Skills: The skills that describe the ability of users to ‘read’ and understand unstructions, using visual representations in digital environments.

Socio-Emotional Digital Skills: A term describing the ability of cyberspace users to function properly in this communication platform by undrerstanding the unwritten rules of knowledge sharing in this medium.

Information Digital Skills: The ability of information consumers to critically assess digital information they are flooded with, in the cyberspace.

Digital Thinking Skills: A refinment of the the term ‘digital literacy’, describing the variety of thinking skills that comprise digital literacy

Branching Digital Skills: The ability of learners to form knowledge in a non-linear way, as they work in hypermedia digital environments.

Reproduction Digital Skills: The ability of users to assign new meaning to digital works by reproducing extisting pieces of digital information.

Digital Literacy: A term used to describe the ability of users to perform in digital environments.

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