Developing Digital Literacy Skills

Digital Literacy

Developing Digital Literacy Skills

Digital literacy refers to a particular set of competencies that allow you to function and participate fully in a digital world. 

Students, nowadays, are generally considered to be digital natives; able to use technology effectively and easily. However, it is equally important to teach students how to become digital citizens. A digital citizen acts appropriately and ethically in an online environment. They must be able to resolve conflicts, source material ethically and interact with the wider world in a responsible manner. 

Have a look at this useful video on why it is important to invest time developing digital literacy skills with your students.

To be digitally literate you need to be able to navigate, evaluate and create using all forms of digital technologies, for example, smartphones, laptops and computers.

In this series, we will look at the 7 key components of digital literacy and give you 7 short guides on how to teach your students these important skills.

Digital literacy is always evolving as newer technologies become mainstream, therefore it includes, but is not limited to:

  • practical technical skills
  • collaboration skills
  • social and cultural skills
  • critical thinking


Digital Literacy

This new series will provide you with a guide to each competency: 

  1. Critical Thinking
  2. Online Safety Skills
  3. Digital Culture
  4. Collaboration and Creativity
  5. Finding Information
  6. Communication and Netiquette
  7. Functional Skills 



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