What is Digital Literacy?

Digital literacy has been called the fourth literacy. Reading, writing and mathematics are the cornerstone of being literate, literacy now is not complete unless someone is not capable of accessing and creating digital information. Therefore it is important to talk about digital literacy in education and e-learning.

As a teacher we must prepare students for the world that they are in and the one that they will be part of when they leave school. This means inspiring them to have experience of and be able to select the correct tools in carrying out tasks related to communicating and handling data for a purpose. This is at the heart of digital literacy.

Specific examples of digital literacy:

  • Use of basic word processing and desktop publishing packages.
  • Collating data from the internet.
  • Taking pictures and using them in a presentation.
  • Describing the use of technology for financial transactions.

Socially, as well as academically, their future calls for technological knowledge and digital skills, as an increasing number of our daily-life activities are executed with web based tools.

Sometimes we assume that teachers are digital immigrants and students are digital natives, recently though we are becoming more aware that the increased choice of tools and technology means that most students are perplexed about how to make use of basic tools.

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