Digital literacy is a combination of functional ICT skills, critical thinking, collaboration skills and social awareness. Developing young people’s digital literacy in schools is a vital step in enabling them to become e-mature and safe participants in an increasingly dense landscape of technology and media developments.
The importance of digital literacy is recognised in the Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum and in reforms to the secondary curriculum. Developing digital literacy is also a key aim of the Government’s Digital Britain strategy, aiming to increase young people’s ability to engage effectively with the world through technology.
Digital literacy relates to skills associated with:
Commissioned by Becta, NWLG has developed a Key Stage 3 resource focusing on the knowledge and skills related to accessing, understanding and evaluating digital information.
Learners can navigate their own way intuitively around the resource and make independent choices based upon personal preference and interests. They are then encouraged to question their knowledge, understanding and behaviours through the use of magazine style quizzes providing them with feedback on their internet ‘personality’. Learners then select areas for further investigation. Each area provides them with information that challenges their assumptions and then allows the learner to test and practice their understanding through a game.
The resource is not intended to be a complete digital literacy course but serves as an introduction to encourage the learner to reflect on and question their current practices.
The resource can be found at: www.nwlg.org/digitalliteracy