Digital Literacy

Before the 21st century, literacy used to refer to the skill of being able to read and write. However with ethe development of countless digital tools over the last decade and a half, it has become necessary to expand the concept of literacy into the digital world.

The university library of the University of Illinois defines digital literacy as follows :

The ability to use digital technology, communication tools or networks to locate, evaluate, use and create information.
The ability to understand and use information in multiple formats from a wide range of sources when it is presented via computers.
A person’s ability to perform tasks effectively in a digital environment… Literacy includes the ability to read and interpret media, to reproduce data and images through digital manipulation, and to evaluate and apply new knowledge gained from digital environments.

 

A digitally literate person possesses a wide range of skills, when it comes to the use of digital tools such as tablets, smart phones and laptops. Such a person is able to find and interpret information with digital devices as well as critically think about the societal issues raised by the digital age.

 

Sources:

http://digitalliteracy.us/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_literacy

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