Yesterday we explained the three building blocks of Web Literacy according to Mozilla: reading, writing, and participation and looked closer at what reading skills you need to safely navigate the information superhighway.

Today we’ll take a closer look at writing on the web and break down the skills you need to create content.

According to Mozilla, writing is broken down into five categories: design, code, compose, revise, & remix.

Design

With platforms like Blogger and WordPress making is super easy to create your own content, folks with very basic skills can design their own sites. But you still want them to be pleasing to look at and easy to navigate.  You also need to know how to arrange titles and images without having the page appear too crowded.  And the content you want to display needs to be easy to find for users.

But this could also extend to things like posting videos and photos to Facebook. Do you know how to crop photos so that people can see the focus of the image? Do you know how to label albums or caption photos so people know what they’re looking at?

Another important element of design is accepting feedback. If people aren’t finding your content easy to use or understand, you have to be willing to take feedback and make changes.

Code

Code is the basic building block of web pages. It’s not for everyone, but it is a very important skill in this day and age. Much like woodworking, plumbing, or knowing how to repair a car engine, it’s a very useful thing to know.

Compose

Most of us will probably deal more with composing than code in our everyday use of the web. That includes deciding what type of digital content to feature or share. Whether you’re putting something on your website or sharing it on your Facebook feed, you’re still curating content.

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You should have the ability to organize that content and know how to do things like share a link or embed a video.

If you’re using the material for a business or organization, you also need to understand licensing and make sure you have permission to use copyrighted materials. You also need to know how to continually revise and update any material that you share or post on the internet.

That could be as large a process as updating downloads available from a website or as small as adding additional photos to your Christmas photo album on Facebook. (or deleting photos of an ex.)

Remixing is a term you sometimes hear in music, but it’s especially important to the web. It involves taking previously created content and recombining it in new ways.

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Memes or homemade music videos are an example of remixing. But if you’re using material from other people for any type of commercial purpose, it’s important to either use public domain material or get the permission of the original creator.

Tomorrow, we’ll look at that third building block of web literacy, Participation.

~ Cynthia