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What do you mean by digital literacy?

Digital literacy is another of those slippery terms which we use frequently but which are open to very different interpretations. Thus we are frequently talking at cross purposes.

At one end of the spectrum digital literacy is seen as being about "the general ability to use computers" (The Royal Society 2012, p.5). To quote the explanation of digital literacy in the English National Curriculum for Computing:

able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world

(Computing Programmes of study - Purpose of study)

At the other end of the spectrum digital literacy

is a mindset, a mode of thinking, an expression of values, a set of ever rising expectations, an ability to draw on many connected elements, a way of learning and understanding how to learn, a taking charge of one’s own learning, being able to network, to accommodate accelerating change, to continually grow the capabilities and to use them 24/7/365, lifelong

(Lee and Broadie, 2018)

I think that Lee and Broadie's definition is too broad, because it encompasses what I have argued is the definition of 'human learning'. However, digital literacy should encompass being able to operate effectively as a citizen, which entails:

I would argue that in order to develop digital literacy it needs to be embedded across the curriculum and children need to be given the opportunity to make genuine choices about when and how they use digital technology.

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