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What is Digital Literacy in Education?

Teachers and tutors teach students of all ages to become digitally literate. But what does that mean? First, It’s more than reading a book online or posting on social media. 

 

According to the American Library Association (ALA), digital literacy is defined  as “the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills” 

 

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Let’s break down the specific 21st-century skills students need to be able to use technology while learning skills and content in academic subjects. But first, let’s explore the importance of digital literacy.

 

 

Why is Digital Literacy Important? 

 

Digital literacy is an important part of a student’s toolbox of skills. As mentioned, to be digitally literate, students need to know how to find, evaluate, create, communicate, and share digital content. But in order to do these tasks, they need critical thinking skills. These cognitive skills are just as important as the technical part of digital software and devices. When students study digital literacy, they are not only learning “how” to use computers but also how to use it effectively. 

 

Students also need to learn how to be responsible when using technology and they must understand Internet safety. For example, students learn what is appropriate and not appropriate when sending emails and using social media. For internet safety, students learn the basics of strong passwords, managing privacy settings, and the issue of cyberbullying. 

 

Studying the “literacy” of the digital world is also an important element for students pursuing college and/or their careers. Most, if not all careers require digital literacy. In addition to the cognitive and technical skills needed. Students must learn to use those skills in effective ways and at the same time, be responsible.

The Digital Literacy Skills Students Need to Learn

At Themba Tutors, our digital literacy tutors will design a learning plan around your student’s needs and are age-appropriate. Our goal is to support your student to be digitally literate and supplement what your child or teen is learning in school.

 

Students will learn skills from the list below. The possibilities are endless. 

 

Finding and Using Digital Content Effectively

 

  • Locate and use digital content but with critical thinking skills;
  • Evaluate sources to be trustworthy and determine if the information is factual or false. 
  • Practice critical thinking skills when evaluating sources;
  • Ask questions about the information. Who created it? Why was it posted What is the viewpoint? What is missing from the text? Where is it located on the internet? 
  • Evaluate the accuracy of charts, graphics, and other data sources.
  • Learn research skills and use digital libraries and/or digital databases

 

 

Creating Digital Content 

 

  • Create content in all forms including writing, tweets, podcasts, videos, emails, blogs, and lots more!
  • Create a website or blog to share interests or projects.
  • Learn how to find and feel comfortable with learning new programs, applications, and software. 
  • Exploring the cloud and using it to save time across devices.
  • Use one or more of the following tools for learning such as a digital class calendar, annotation tools to take notes, devices to assess student learning in real-time, digital portfolios to curate and collect student work for viewing and sharing, and grammar and vocabulary applications.

 

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Communicating and Sharing Content Effectively

 

  • Learn how to share, collaborate, and communicate with others using a variety of digital tools and devices.
  • Discover the benefits of using social media but also how to use it properly.

 

 

Digital Citizenship and Responsibility

 

  • Understand how to be responsible when sharing content

 

Learn the problems, solutions, and issues surrounding cyberbullying, purchasing online, digital footprints, private settings, and safety.

Why Choose Themba Tutors for Digital Literacy Tutoring? 

 

Our digital literacy tutors are highly experienced and positive role models. Our tutors use a flexible approach to learning catered to each student we work with. At Themba Tutors, we help students master new digital literacy skills and concepts at their own pace. Your child’s confidence will grow when each new element is mastered. Our staff is invested in driving your child to achieve academic success in the skills of both the cognitive thinking and technology skills needed for digital literacy. So, if your son or daughter is struggling in digital literacy, contact us and we will provide you with the service that will best fit your needs. 

REFERENCES

American Library Association (ALA) Digital Literacy Task Force (2013). ALA Task Force releases digital literacy recommendations. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2013/06/ala-task-force-releases-digital-literacy-recommendations

2020 K-12 Teachers Alliance. www.TeachHUB.com

https://www.teachhub.com/technology-in-the-classroom/2019/10/technology-in-the-classroom-what-is-digital-literacy/

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What are examples of digital literacy?
  • Understanding how to use web browsers, search engines, email, text, wiki, blogs, Photoshop, Powerpoint, video creation/editing software, etc. to showcase learning.
  • Evaluating online resources for accuracy/trustworthiness of the information.
  • Using online classes to enhance learning in the classroom.
  • Choosing appropriate media to showcase learning – understand what platforms will best illustrate your message and learning to peers and educators.
  • Using an interactive whiteboard in the classroom for lessons and allowing students to use the interactive whiteboard on a daily basis.
  • Encouraging students to use technology to showcase their learning.
  • Using the web ( web sites video, music) to enhance the learning of your students.
  • Students and teachers creating online content to be utilized both in and out of the classroom.
What is digital literacy and why is it important?

Digital literacy means being able to understand and use technology. It relates to the ability to find, use, and create information online in a beneficial and useful way. Digital literacy also means knowing the limitations of technology and understanding the dangers and precautions that the use of technology requires.

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At Themba Tutors, we will let you know what kind of help you need once we set up a free intake. Knowing the student’s strengths and weaknesses is vital for helping the student with the challenges they’re facing. We offer services that include academic coaching and tutoring based on the student’s needs. We also offer a hybrid model for those students who need help with content and improving their underlying study skills. 

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