Digital Learning Readiness

Technology Literacy

Technology literacy is the ability of an individual, working independently and with others, to responsibly, appropriately and effectively use technology tools to access, manage, integrate, evaluate, create, and communicate information.

Technology provides an opportunity for assessment to be integrated into the learning process - with a focus on problem solving and creation of new knowledge applied to real world situations.


Digital Literacy Skills

The term 'digital literacy skills' means the skills associated with using technology to enable users to find, evaluate, organize, create, and communicate information.


Digital assessment

Digital assessment is the presentation of evidence, for judging achievement, managed through the medium of computer technology. (Computer technology refers to hardware, software and networks.)


Tools

A resource that helps you to create or make things.


Technology & Computers (Hardware) Tools

Hardware refers to the physical elements that make up a device or system and everything else involved that is physically tangible. 

Computer hardware is the collection of physical parts of a computer system. This includes the computer case, monitor, keyboard, and mouse. It also includes all the parts inside the computer case, such as the hard disk drive, motherboard, video card, and many others. Computer hardware is what you can physically touch.

 

Other hardware examples include:

  • Smartphone
  • Tablet Computer
  • Mobile Phone (Feature Phone)
  • Digital Camera
  • External Computer Camera
  • WiFi Dongle
  • Microphone
  • USB/Flash Drive


Technology and Digital (Software) Tools

Digital tools are programs, websites, platforms, applications, or online resources that can make tasks easier to complete. A lot of these can be accessed in web browsers without needing to be downloaded.  

Examples include:

  • Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
  • Web Browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari
  • Google Suite of Tools: Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Photos
  • Zoom
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Moodle

 

Mobile Applications (Mobile Apps)

A mobile application, most commonly referred to as an app, is a type of application software designed to run on a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet computer. Mobile applications frequently serve to provide users with similar services to those accessed on PCs. Apps are generally small, individual software units with limited function. A mobile application also may be known as an app, web app, online app,  or smartphone app. 

Examples of both Software and Mobile Apps include:

  • WhatsApp
  • LinkedIn 
  • Facebook
  • Zoom
  • Twitter


Using digital tools safely, effectively, and appropriately

Another part of digital literacy dictates that individual participants have rights and responsibilities that need to be respected online.

Several aspects include: 

  • Online Safety: evaluating online sources for reliability, appropriate/ inappropriate content, protecting individual privacy, and refraining from viewing or posting inappropriate materials; 
  • Building Identity: developing the different aspects of identity and safeguarding them. Building identity includes an understanding of individual and group responsibilities, a knowledge of one's role(s) in different digital environments, and the permanence of one's digital footprint; 
  • Managing Reputation: realizing that one's online reputation is developed and managed; and Etiquette and Participation: Acknowledging the contribution of others and participating appropriately in the digital space. 

 

Consider these questions:

  • Do I understand my role in different digital environments? 
  • Am I familiar with the rules of online behavior, privacy, and sharing? 
  • Do I understand how to select a secure password? 
  • Do I present myself appropriately in digital contexts? 
  • Do I understand how to build and protect my online identity? 
  • Am I able to manage my online persona and reputation? 
  • Do I know my rights and responsibilities in the digital environment? 

Last modified: Saturday, 1 May 2021, 2:33 PM