Digital Literacy

Digital Literacy what is it?

    * Skills: understanding and being able to use digital literacy effectively
    * Critical thinking: being able to analyse and evaluate digital materials
    * Collaboration: knowing how to act appropriately online
    * Social understanding: understanding when, why, how and with whom to use technology

It is also called:
   * Web literacy
   * IT literacy
   * Internet literacy
   * Media literacy

digital literacy diagram

From Digital Literacy Across the Curriculum

A digitally literate person:
● possesses the variety of skills—cognitive and technical—required to find, understand, evaluate, create, and communicate digital information in a wide variety of formats;
● is able to use diverse technologies appropriately and effectively to search for and retrieve information, interpret search results, and judge the quality of the information retrieved;
● understands the relationships among technology, lifelong learning, personal privacy, and appropriate stewardship of information;
● uses these skills and the appropriate technologies to communicate and collaborate with peers, colleagues, family, and on occasion the general public;
● uses these skills to participate actively in civic society and contribute to a vibrant, informed, and engaged community.

( Digital Literacy, Libraries, and Public Policy)
How to learn it
I have taught digital literacy skills to the elderly, people with cognitive, sensory and physical impairments and other groups at risk of social exclusion. I can help groups or individuals to learn functional skills (individually customised to what you want), or help them gain a Microsoft Digital Literacy Certificate (something to show other folk what you have done). Talk to me and discuss your needs.

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