What is Digital Literacy?
Digital literacy is using cognitive and technical skills to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information. One of the hardest parts I found in researching digital literacy was that it is hard to narrow down to one easily grasped idea. It is a widely diverse topic. Digital literacy includes sharing and building knowledge, virtual collaboration, digital citizenship, evaluating information online, and cloud computing. the link below in-depth on all these digital literacy components and more!
Literacy is the ability to read and write and dealing with information. The easiest way to sum up digital literacy is reading, writing, typing, and working with information online or on a technological device. Handwriting becomes typing and now we have to have more research skills. Since the early 2000’s countless smart home technologies have been made available to the public. Growing up is not the same; neither is learning. Since then, every area has been going digital. Soon education will and that has only become more apparent with the recent pandemic. Much of what is done in class involves digital literacy with writing papers, reading, or solving math equations.
Why Does it Matter?
My school does most things online as each classroom has a class set of Chromebooks. Our administration wants as many things done online as possible. We have a math program we use everyday for math assignments. Our students need to be able to use the technology and programs and understand the platform to do the assignments. Our reading class (as well as most of our remediation) is done online through a separate platform. That program determines most of their grade. Most of our students read and write roughly three grades behind. When literacy is compromised, digital literacy often becomes more important.