When testing moved online, it became painfully apparent to teachers how little students knew about using digital devices other than the internet, some apps, and iPads. The focus on online learning, thanks to COVID, has made that even more critical. IT Pro has an interesting article discussing the importance of digital literacy:
A study from the company found that half of 18-24-year olds have limited access to a laptop, tablet or PC
Digital literacy is becoming as important as reading and writing for young people’s future life prospects, a new report from Vodafone has found.
Limited access to an internet-connected device, or a lack of skills to use one, is preventing those entering the job market from attending online lessons or exams, applying for jobs, and gaining the necessary digital skills for many of today’s roles.
Ask a Tech Teacher has several articles on this topic that you’ll find interesting:
- How to Assess Digital Literacy
- Digital Literacy–What is it?
- Beyond Digital Literacy: How EdTech Fosters Children’s Social-Emotional Development
- 5 Strategies to Assess Student Knowledge
If you need guidance understanding how to make your students good digital citizens, check out my upcoming online class, Building Digital Citizens. It’s for college credit and starts next Monday!
Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.