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In episode 17 of the WordPress Briefing, Josepha Haden Chomphosy displays on her WordCamp US keynote and digs into how taking part in open supply initiatives can assist you study Twenty first Century Skills. 

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Hello, everybody, and welcome to the WordPress Briefing, the podcast the place you’ll be able to catch fast explanations of the concepts behind the WordPress open supply venture, some perception into the neighborhood that helps it, and get a small record of massive issues arising within the subsequent two weeks. I’m your host, Josepha Haden Chomphosy. See, right here we go!

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  00:42

Today I need to speak to you a bit of bit concerning the digital divide, the place it’s, perhaps a little bit of the place it’s headed, and which components of the WordPress open supply venture and CMS can assist. This is a centered look, although, so I gained’t contact on a few of the hurdles that everybody is conscious of while you get outdoors of in-person environments, issues like parental modeling or supervision, schooling on the relevance of know-how, and so on. This is a follow-up to the dialog that I had at WordCamp US final week—and so doing a bit of little bit of a deeper dive right here. And we’re gonna begin with what precisely is the digital divide. 

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  01:23

So the digital divide is taken into account those that profit from the digital age versus those that don’t; that looks like a very large idea. And the present dialogue is primarily about entry, or for years that has been about entry anyway, particularly bodily entry. So those that have computer systems versus those that should not have web of their properties versus those that don’t. But I don’t essentially agree with that individual, actually centered definition of the issue. 

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  01:59

If the one downside we see is entry, then the answer turns into to get low cost units and web to everybody, which definitely has led to extra folks being linked than ever earlier than.

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  02:12

With this proliferation of units which might be thought of each good and cell (cell on this context, that means handheld or pocket-sized), the dialogue over the previous couple of years has been shifting. It’s been shifting into extra of a dialogue across the schooling across the relevance of web entry, discussions across the high quality of entry to the Internet, and likewise discussions round Wi-Fi and dial-up and the shocking price of knowledge.

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  02:42

But from my perspective, there are a variety of actually harmful assumptions that we make after we boil all of it the way in which down to who has entry and the standard of that type of entry. 

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  02:54

The first harmful assumption is that we run the danger of conflating being tech-savvy with being digitally literate, and so they’re not likely the identical issues. The second assumption that we run the danger of is assuming that entry to mobile knowledge equals entry to the web by means of some other means. And additionally assuming that price is at all times the figuring out issue.

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  03:19

And the ultimate pretty harmful assumption that we’re making there may be that we enable ourselves the flexibility to mark the digital divide is mounted in our minds. Once we get sufficient entry to everybody, we’re simply carried out. There is not any extra divide. But as a method of illustration, if you consider entry, not within the context of know-how, like excessive know-how, digital know-how, and within the context of like writing, you in all probability personal a writing utensil, and also you in all probability have entry to paper of some type, which is nice. But simply because you may have like a pencil and a bit of paper doesn’t imply that I can ship you house proper now – I assume most of you might be listening at house.

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  04:07

It doesn’t imply that I can ship you to your desk proper now. And take into account you ready to write a best-selling novel, proper? Because supplying you with bodily instruments no extra makes you a novelist than handing me a pc once I was a teen made me digitally literate. 

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  04:24

So let’s discuss what it takes to be digitally literate. I’ve lumped the next abilities into three teams. It’s broadly outlined as Twenty first-century abilities, however the teams that I’ve them in will not be a complete record of these Twenty first-century abilities. 

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  04:41

The first group that may be a massive element of digital literacy is essential pondering abilities. So computational pondering and problem-solving. That specific one will not be new, precisely. But the computational pondering half definitely is. Not all issues are solved with code, however the foundation for pondering by means of issues procedurally is more and more vital. 

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  05:04

The second one in that set is communication by means of a number of media, consuming communications or content material by means of Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or some other format, but additionally creating the issues that talk—writing blogs, creating movies, each calls and standalone, and boards, issues like that. 

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  05:27

The third set in that group of essential pondering abilities is round collaboration, which some folks will say is extra about communication. But I discover that collaboration each on-line and in-person is a talent set all to its personal. Communication solely will get you to date while you’re studying to prepare dinner to collaborate with folks that you simply don’t usually work with. And so, I’ve lumped that into essential pondering abilities. 

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  05:54

The second large bucket for digital literacy is definitely actually digital literacy. So I’ve three, three issues in right here as properly. Evaluating data is clearly extremely vital within the atmosphere that we’re in proper now, for simply data’s sake. But then issues like understanding the variations between copyright versus copyleft licenses, understanding the distinction between an .org ending URL and a .com ending URL, and evaluating the final veracity of sources that you simply’re discovering on the net.

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  06:32

The second a part of that group is media use and creation, understanding the distinction between people who eat and folk who create the content material now we have, how to discover data on-line, and essentially the most smart locations to maintain data on-line. And the third space of digital literacy that I discover to be vitally vital is the ethics of licenses each round use and entry. So once more, issues like copyright vs. Copy, copyleft. And particularly for WordPress, which means understanding issues just like the Creative Commons licenses, GPL, MIT, however then additionally copyright is its personal sophisticated query unto itself. But the opposite issues that present up for us for WordPress that present up for us with know-how are additionally issues like open entry versus proprietary data and sources. And issues like plagiarism versus sampling.

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  07:33

And our third large bucket, which has grow to be more and more advanced, however the third large bucket for digital literacy to my thoughts is definitely thought of one thing that I name life abilities. So issues like self-direction, realizing what you need to do subsequent, and the way to get it carried out. Time administration can be in there, realizing how a lot time one thing will take and having the ability to just remember to are getting issues carried out over time, as opposed to making an attempt to accomplish all the pieces on the final second. 

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  08:03

An enormous a part of these life abilities is cross-cultural and social communication. The web is hard, proper? Because it’s concurrently extremely insular and more and more international. Like you’ll be able to in case you wished solely ever learn issues that already affirm your present biases. But the very nature of the web, the very nature of the online, signifies that the world is far smaller. We have extra prepared entry quicker to everybody all over the place on this planet than we used to have. This means, in fact, that cultural consciousness is an absolute should now greater than ever. This is for what it’s well worth the time of 12 months once I give this speak. And that’s due to this final a part of the life abilities part, which is digital citizenship. 

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  08:54

Digital citizenship typically is the second week of October 2 or the third week of October. And it’s considered one of my favourite weeks as a result of it’s one thing that comes up on a regular basis in our ecosystem. It comes up on a regular basis and open supply on the whole, however definitely for WordPress. So these are our three large buckets of digital literacy, a subset of Twenty first-century abilities as an entire.

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  09:22

That’s quite a lot of stuff, I do know. And it’s additionally actually laborious to work out how one can study any of these abilities, and from my expertise, I actually consider that WordPress as an open supply venture can assist folks study these issues.

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  09:43

Once upon a time, ages and ages in the past, my mom advised me that to ensure that me to grow to be a greater author, I might have to learn and so as to grow to be a greater communicator, it might in all probability assist if I spent a bit of bit extra time writing, and I’ve at all times felt that the identical should be true for all of the issues that we study, you discover a constructive instance and examine it to grow to be higher. Or, relying on what you’re studying and the way you’re making an attempt to study it, you discover a passive instance of one thing that you really want to have the ability to do higher from an energetic standpoint and take part in that in order that your energetic manufacturing of the opposite half is best.

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  10:24

Here are a number of components of the WordPress venture and WordPress itself that may assist with this.

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  10:31

So there are first a number of actually particular groups; in case you’re contributing to a staff like Themes, or Plugins, or Core, the three areas of these digital literacy abilities that you’ve got a possibility to study there. For essential pondering, you’re going to run into problem-solving and computational pondering. You’re additionally going to run into distributed collaboration, which was actually vital as only a idea once I first wrote this speak. And now it’s at the moment actually vital as a actuality as a result of now we have a bunch of corporations which might be going to both distant work or partially distributed or absolutely distributed. And that’s the way in which that WordPress has labored for a reasonably very long time.

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  11:19

So I’ve at all times felt prefer it was vital as a result of it was vital to WordPress, but it surely’s additionally turning into more and more an vital a part of simply how to exist on this planet in the meanwhile. For these three groups, the issues you could actually faucet into and apply for the life talent part are digital literacy, nope, digital citizenship, self-direction, and time administration clearly comes up in any open supply venture since you are volunteering your time and it’s up to you to type of resolve how a lot you’ll be able to commit or not numerous different components of time administration and directing one’s personal venture. Now, however you additionally get the chance to take a look at and apply your cross-cultural communication, social communication and studying what it means to collaborate throughout cultures in that method.

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  12:15

On the digital literacy aspect, you additionally get a bit of little bit of that data analysis and synthesis for what it’s price. And then clearly get to study extra concerning the ethics of varied sorts of licenses and the way use and entry relate to these issues.

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  12:35

We even have a staff or two; these usually are not actually groups or twos. These are issues that you are able to do which might be both solo actions or group actions. One is working or trying out the help boards, and the opposite is running a blog. We’ll begin with help boards. 

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  12:52

If you’re doing this as a gaggle exercise, there are a few additional issues that you could apply right here. But suppose you’re doing it as a solo, simply method to give again to the venture kind of factor or method to study a few of these abilities kind of factor. In that case, you may get virtually all of those digital literacy abilities woven into working within the help boards, relying on what’s occurring within the second and the questions folks have introduced up. But for essential pondering, clearly, you get some downside fixing in there, not as a lot the computational pondering because the procedural pondering half. But you definitely additionally get to faucet into communication with a number of sorts of media, collaboration in individual and on-line, relying on whether or not you’re doing this as a solo effort or a gaggle effort. And then, in fact, analysis, which I didn’t actually deliver up in any of these groupings for digital literacy, is definitely a vital a part of it.

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  13:49

For the digital literacy grouping of abilities associated to digital literacy, you get to work on evaluating data and, relying on how sophisticated a solution could be. You also can get that chance to apply synthesizing advanced data and analysis, a digital literacy talent. And then, as soon as folks have responded to a subject you’ve answered, you additionally get to faucet into that life talent part. You get to be you get the chance to apply digital citizenship associated to synchronous or asynchronous dialog. You additionally get to see extra about how cross-cultural communication and collaboration works and social communication throughout these numerous boundaries that naturally present up after we’re working throughout cultures that method. And as I discussed beforehand, data synthesis, as properly.

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  14:53

The second one which I’ve talked about could be like a solo effort or a gaggle effort, relying on what you do. Blogging, for most individuals who use WordPress, might be the most typical software of how WordPress can assist you do stuff. So I typically see it as essentially the most related and essentially the most instantly accessible to anybody. But you realize, you bought to meet folks the place they’re. So, I might strongly consider that that is our greatest method to assist folks study these items. 

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  15:30

So running a blog for the essential pondering types of issues, you may have a possibility to apply communication throughout mediums. You will in all probability get a possibility to apply your analysis abilities, likelihood is, you’re going to get the chance to apply some downside fixing, and actually, like in case you’re internet hosting your website, problem-solving goes to come up when utilizing WordPress as quickly as you add in plugins and themes, since you typically type of have to work out what’s working and what’s not, and what’s taking part in properly with different issues and what’s not. It’s attainable that with running a blog, you’re additionally going to have a possibility to get to apply some distributed collaboration. But that’s in all probability going to depend upon what you’re doing together with your website as properly.

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  16:30

Licenses and the way they apply to the factor that you simply’re utilizing really feel a bit totally different when you’re the one who’s creating. And so studying about how these issues work and don’t work and the way they’ll greatest go well with what you’re making an attempt to do. Blogging is totally a wonderful alternative to dig into {that a} bit and study a bit extra about that. As far as your life abilities go,

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  16:56

that’s the place you, once more, get to apply some digital citizenship by determining who your audiences are and likewise when you may have to talk with them through the feedback or some other method that you’ve got constructed up a suggestions mechanism there. 

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  17:11

Self-direction clearly will come into this, perhaps time administration in case you are running a blog on, I used to be gonna say on a paid foundation, however that’s not likely I don’t know, on a venture foundation, like a few of us are college students and have to write issues based mostly on deadlines. And so, you realize, self-direction, probably time administration, at all times cross-cultural communication, social communication, analysis, all of these items present up in there.

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  17:41

And, you realize, I actually consider on this idea of how running a blog and bringing folks into sustaining a web site can educate you all of those abilities. Because once I was youthful, I used to be a nasty communicator. And now, I’m throughout the board recognized for my efficient communication and my skill to work throughout cultures. And so the defining second, which was like a four-year second, and so not essentially a second, however the factor that basically made all of the distinction was when my mother challenged me to write each single day. She had famous that I used to be not essentially nice at getting from one level to the subsequent. I wasn’t essentially nice at constructing my arguments once I had to clarify one thing to folks. And she prompt that writing day-after-day would assist me faucet into this large factor about communication and dealing with different folks collaboration, all of that. And as an grownup on the opposite aspect of it. Like, I believed she was tremendous mistaken once I was youthful, as a result of don’t all of us suppose our mother and father are mistaken after we’re youthful. But as an grownup on the opposite aspect of it, not solely was that a possibility for me to actually find out how to talk higher. But it additionally, once I take a look at it, gave me entry to alternatives to apply all types of Twenty first-century abilities and digital literacy abilities in an atmosphere that was comparatively protected. And so, I’m a giant proponent of this specific one.

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  19:26

Another staff that helps us faucet into and apply quite a lot of our digital literacy abilities is the Documentation staff. I like to recommend that you simply let this be a supervised exercise in case you’re doing this with college students as a result of, you realize, it’s a wiki. You can put bizarre issues in there on accident or simply inaccurate issues. So for essential pondering, the first talent that you simply’re going to have the ability to apply in case you’re engaged on documentation is collaboration. You would suppose that it was additionally like data synthesis and data analysis. But for lots of the work that we’re doing, the documentation exists. And what we’re is making an attempt to work out the place it not matches what’s at the moment within the CMS, or at the moment within the venture or at the moment within the staff, no matter it’s that you simply’re engaged on at that second. And so, it’s a robust collaborative effort within the WordPress venture. You have to have carried out the final work to work out what wants to be modified within the documentation. But quite a lot of occasions, you want to work out who has entry to make the modifications, what has prevented us from making modifications previously, and issues like that. And so I say, collaboration is the one one to study and important pondering, but it surely’s truly a very large one and may take a good quantity of effort on this specific context.

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  20:49

From the digital literacy facet, in fact, there may be evaluating data. But this specific sort of data analysis is a bit of totally different for documentation. And this truly is true for the Documentation staff, for the Training staff, and likewise for the brand new Learn staff. This query is true for all of them. There is a big distinction between presentation versus software of data. The method you current data for individuals who already comprehend it and simply want affirmation of one thing or are utilizing it for reference materials is admittedly totally different from when individuals are a bit of documentation that needs to be telling them how to accomplish one thing. And they fight to apply it both to their very own processes in the meanwhile or apply it to instructing different folks. And so evaluating data to ensure that what’s introduced could be utilized, and all the ways in which that very sophisticated journey with managing data can type of work or not, relying on how issues are moving into your part of the open supply venture in the meanwhile.

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  21:59

The third group of abilities you could actually dig into in these groups, once more, is digital citizenship, principally, all the pieces is digital citizenship in WordPress as a result of we’re simply folks on-line.

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  22:24

And this remaining grouping that now we have this remaining staff and group of abilities. So the Community staff is a considerable and far-ranging staff; they’ve many issues that fall into their space of experience. And so this has historically type of functioned as a linchpin round schooling and making certain that that was all related for customers and attendees of occasions. The Community staff will stay pivotal to so many issues that we do now. But now that now we have actually woke up the Learn staff and re-enlivened that Training staff, this may shift a bit of over time. But sure, in order that grain of salt that relying on while you hear to this, in case you hear to it in 2050, perhaps it’s not correct anymore. Hopefully, most of what I say will not be correct in 2050. But you realize, nonetheless.

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  23:27

 Anyway! Critical pondering that’s the place we had been. So the essential pondering group of abilities contained in the Community staff, you’re going to have a possibility to apply problem-solving. And often additionally procedural pondering, relying on what you’re engaged on in that staff. Multimedia communication is totally true. And that’s true, whether or not you contribute to the staff itself and ensure that the staff is functioning and doing their primary duties. Or in case you are organizing a whole occasion, whether or not it’s on-line or offline or nonetheless that’s being completed. 

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  24:07

Multimedia communication for this specific staff is fixed for all of their work and one thing that everybody who works on there will get to apply on a regular basis. For digital literacy, this comes up loads if what you’re doing is working by means of any kind of like programming plans, ensuring that what now we have in place for occasions is admittedly glorious. It’s a very glorious alternative for working towards the analysis of data, studying extra about media use and creation, after which naturally, all the pieces to do with licenses copyright copyleft, not just for all the pieces that we produce however then additionally for everybody within the ecosystem. 

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  24:55

This staff helps so many plugins, authors and theme builders, and different teams who take part within the ecosystem perceive the nuances of the GPL and why it issues a lot to WordPress. And then within the life talent part, there’s the apparent life talent part, life abilities which have come up for all of them—so digital citizenship, cross-cultural and social communication. But additionally you may have the chance to faucet into that self-direction and time administration apply, which in all probability also needs to be thought of in all of those groups. But, you realize, issues change as we go. 

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  25:45

Those are the most certainly digital literacy abilities that you’d find yourself working towards within the Community staff, relying on how you might be taking part within the Community staff at that second.

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  25:59

So I stated that we’d speak a bit of bit about the place that is all headed and what to do subsequent. And like I simply stated, once I obtained misplaced in my very own reverie, they’re like, hopefully, all the pieces that I’ve shared right here is outdated by 2050. Like, if we will come again to this specific podcast, or this presentation, or something I’ve ever stated, about digital literacy over my time with WordPress. And if we may come again to that in 2050, or, you realize, I used to be going to say, 20 years from now, 2041 feels actually shut. But, you realize, come again to it sooner or later, and say, that was all actually glorious data to know in the meanwhile. And we did do these issues. And now, WordPress has confirmed that open supply contribution and collaboration can educate all the vital Twenty first-century abilities that anybody would want to survive on this planet. And we did do it, that will be actually cool. But I don’t suppose that that’s the place we’re headed. Not as a result of I don’t suppose folks consider in what I’m saying or care about what I’m saying. But as a result of it’s very simple to type of let these items go sooner or later.

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  27:20

Even in case you sooner or later, had been proficient in all of what’s thought of Twenty first-century abilities, typically our abilities don’t get used very a lot. And so we lose monitor of them. And we don’t know, or we don’t understand how to educate them to different folks and numerous methods to try this. So I hope that after we revisit this within the time capsule of the web 20 years from now, we will say that was a terrific rationalization. And we realized a lot. And we made so many modifications in such progress that now we want a brand new model of this. That’s actually all we will do, at all times striving to depart the world in a greater place than after we discovered it.

Josepha Haden Chomphosy  28:07

All proper, that brings us to our small record of massive issues. I don’t have a ton to share with you right this moment. But what I do have to share with you is a very large deal. So we’re a few week away from the Go/No-Go level of WordPress 5.9. That is the ultimate launch of the 12 months. And as quickly as we all know what’s a go or a no go from that assembly on October twelfth,  everybody goes simply to hit the bottom operating. And so, in case you are considering contributing to that launch, both by being a participant within the launch squad or main some a part of the discharge squad. Absolutely. Drop by and let me know as a result of I’m to know who desires to study extra about doing that. And that is truly one thing that has passed by. I discussed on the prime that I spoke at WordCamp US.  That remains to be true; I did do it. And so did a bunch of different actually glorious presenters. If you missed WordCamp US on Friday, for no matter cause, as a result of you realize, life is sophisticated. Pretty quickly, we may have the movies. We’ll have all of the movies up with captions shortly and have these accessible for everybody to watch and study extra from as their schedule permits and as their consideration permits. And that’s your small record of massive issues. Thank you for tuning in right this moment for the WordPress Briefing. I’m your host, Josepha Haden Chomphos, and I’ll see you once more in a few weeks.


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