Digital Literacy is a person’s ability to use and access the methods of communication, through the tools of technology, not limiting to only smart devices and peripherals.
A digitally educated person, should be able to successfully examine, explore, and evaluate information presented on the internet.
While digital literacy was initially focused on improving the digital skills, its focus has now shifted to the Internet and the use of social media.
‘Digital Literacy, a book by Paul Gilster, simplifies the term as the usage and comprehension of information in the age of digital technologies, emphasizing its importance in modern times.
The basis of digital literacy has four determinants,
technical skills, authorship rules,representation rules, and online social responsibilities.
For students and employees to interact responsibly in a digital society, it’s crucial to understand and abide by all four sections of the puzzle.
Furthermore, it should not be confused with computer literacy which broadly focuses on the practical skills in using software systems, code and algorithms while digital literacy refers to the abilities to use smart devices.
The alliance of the two terms, Digital and Literacy, allows giving birth to a larger area of significance referring to the ability to reading for conversation, writing coherently, and thinking critically about the written word.
In this 21st Century, being Digitally Literate is very important given the tremendous inflation in job opportunities in the digital and tech industry. Not only this is a major factor but being digitally literate displays a potentially intelligent and more modern image of the people
on the world map.
It is also one of the core elements of Digital Citizenship which refers to simply an individual who is responsible for how they utilize the technology to interact with the world around them.
There are innumerable applications of Digital Literacy, from the education sector to our societies, it could be found anywhere, and in case if it is not already present, it could be implemented very easily with small investments.
It has severely impacted the way educators teach in the classrooms. From websites and software that allow students to collaborate, create creative presentations, and generate citations in any given format, contribute to each other’s coding, the world has come a long way ahead and with the world, we Indians would also have to sync so that we do not get left out in this revolution.
Programming these solutions in a fast and effective requires huge efforts, knowledge, and stakes from both developers and the investors, without which we wouldn’t be standing where we are.
The Indian Demographic favors all these factors due to its programming diversity and epic magnitude of developers.
But not all are alike and hence not everybody knows how to program software.
What one can do with programming is fascinating and thrilling, there are insane possibilities and ideas that are consistently pitched by people across the nation.
From clustered systems to code deployment services, the programming scenery looks vast and promising. Students in this modern world need to utilize all of the services available to them.
One missing component, in the generic school teaching is how teachers view students’ learning today, is the internet and its’ endless possibilities in stimulating and inspiring the young minds.
Students for ages have been taught and encouraged to evaluate, employ,and examineknowledge which is made possible only by the technology of today.
Today’s students are able to use the internet to research and find anything they would like to learn about.
“When we think of digital literacy we usually think of
complex technical capabilities such as programming and coding –the skills that
a digital ‘maker’ requires to build systems.”
But it’s actually a skill-set
that is not limited to technological occupations – rather it’s one that all
Australians will need to survive in the future of work,”
Tarah Barzanji of Alphabeta explains.
As the world of profession
advances, the standard of literacy required for some roles will shift. Within
the next five years, this is expected to grow rapidly.
About 90% of the employees, would be required to know at least basic computer
skills, such as using email services or the company software.
Over 50%, will need to be able to use, configure and build digital
systems in the next 2-3 year.
Everyone should know how to program,
a single line of code contributes considerably to the human mind and
its ability to process the raw data and information and hence it’s essential
for our sake to become digitally literate using the technologies of today.
Digital Literacy – Wikipedia
Digital literacy: what is it and how important is it in the future of work? – FYA
Digital Literacy is the most important Lifelong Learning tool – The Tech Advocate
Why is Digital Literacy Important? -Purposeful Technology