world-network2.jpgDigital Communication:

electronic exchange of information.
One of the significant changes within the digital revolution is a person’s ability to communicate with other people. In the 19th century, forms of communication were limited. In the 21st century, communication options have exploded to offer a wide variety of choices (e.g., e-mail, cellular phones, instant messaging). The expanding digital communication options have changed everything because people are able to keep in constant communication with anyone else. Now everyone has the opportunity to communicate and collaborate with anyone from anywhere and anytime. Unfortunately, many users have not been taught how to make appropriate decisions when faced with so many different digital communication options.
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What can be the problem with Digital Communication?

Electronic communication is a hybrid of spoken, written and digital communication.

Until written language evolves to account for electronic media, careful reading and writing of email, recognition of its hybrid nature, and occasionally bypassing it as a communication channel, can assist in avoiding or correcting miscommunications.

What are some of the forms of Digital Communication?

  1. Email
  2. Cell phones
  3. Video conferencing
  4. Instant messaging
  5. Texting
  6. Blogs
  7. Wikis
  8. Social Networks

Essential Questions

  1. Do I use email, cell phones and instant messaging technologies appropriately when communicating with others?
  2. What rules, options and etiquette do students need to be aware of when using digital communication?

Commonly used emoticons and their meanings

Common chat acronyms and their meanings

Wiki etiquette guidelines