What is digital literacy?
To be digitally literate is to have the transferable knowledge and applicable skills needed to operate ‘network devices’, such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop PCs.
Why teach digital literacy?
As a subject, Digital Literacy allows children to use digital technologies to enhance their learning across the curriculum. The teaching of Digital Literacy encompasses the philosophy that creativity and self-direction are needed to imagine, and produce, solutions to the problems of ‘tomorrow’s world’.
Digital Literacy lessons allow learners to access innovative and interesting parts of the ‘new’ National Curriculum – such as coding and robotics. Furthermore, the sessions also allow learners to explore their Learning Challenge questions in an imaginative way. The sessions also nurture the development of many of the ‘soft skills’ employers regard as crucial to the future economy, such as: problem solving & debugging, resilience, teamwork, logical thinking, creativity and a knowledge of digital devices and their multimedia applications.