Help students develop digital literacy skills

Digital literacy helps you to:

  • select and use different types of digital platforms and programs
  • find, search and navigate digital information and data
  • critically analyse digital information and data
  • present digital information and data
  • connect via digital platforms (including safe and ethical use of digital platforms and information/data).

This is different from digital skills that are more technical, such as computer programming and coding. Those skills are discipline-specific, while digital literacy is a transferable skill that can apply to any career.

Schools have a key role in building digital literacy in young people to prepare them for the future of work.

Focus on skills needed for learning new things

Schools should focus on building the skills needed for learning and applying new technology, rather than on using specific digital applications.

 

Fill the gaps in digital literacy

Even if young people have developed some digital literacy skills from interacting with digital technology every day, there are gaps that schools can fill. This includes helping students to:

  • critically analyse digital information
  • communicate effectively using digital technologies
  • use digital technology in a safe and ethical way.