Digital Literacy

Digital Literacy

Digital literacy includes many topics such as familiarity with digital tools and services, basic computer skills, web skills, and mobile digital tools.

The commonality of these topics are that they help to make use of devices and technologies in a way that adds value to someone’s circumstances.

More advanced digital literacy includes computer programming, data science and analysis, web and app development, and digital entrepreneurship.

Ideas

  • Basic computer skills for students, youth, and adults.
  • Intermediate computer skills, mobile phone skills, and Internet literacy.
  • Advanced technological skills related to computer programming, media production, and data science.

Resources

Readings

  • 63 Things Every Student Should Know in A Digital World - TeachThought -- 13 categories and 63 items to think about that might all fall under the umbrella of 'digital literacy'. It's an expansive term, and it's not just all about code. (Reading > digital literacy > web literacy, computer skills)
  • Checklist for Digital Inclusion -- Checklist for digital inclusion from the wonderful team at the UK's Government Digital Service. (Reading > digital literacy > digital divide)
  • How Do We Connect First-Time Internet Users to a Healthy Web? -- Great outline for thinking about issues related to digital literacy and the digital divide. (Reading > digital literacy > digital divide)
  • TASCHA Report on Global Impact Study - Survey Resources -- The Global Impact Study of Public Access to Information & Communication Technologies was a five-year project (2007-2012) to generate evidence about the scale, character, and impacts of public access to information and communication technologies. (Reading > digital literacy > digital divide)
  • Web Literacy Breakdown - Mozilla -- Mozilla worked alongside a community of stakeholders to create a Web Literacy Map which includes the skills and competencies needed for reading, writing and participating on the web. (Reading > digital literacy > web literacy)
  • Why Web Literacy Matters, Too - BrightReads -- From Mozilla Foundation's Director Mark Surman, a reason to add digital literacy to reading, writing, and arithmetic. (Reading > digital literacy > web literacy)

Websites

  • Computer Lessons from Thailand -- Materials for teaching basic computer skills to adults. (Website > digital literacy > education, lessons, thailand)
  • Digital Learning Basics - OER Commons -- Really solid collection of courses on a range of discrete topics having to do with basic computer use. (Website > digital literacy > computer skills, course)
  • Digital Literacy - Microsoft -- Microsoft's education site with a few number of interesting lesson plans around basic computer use. (Website > digital literacy > computer skills, course)
  • Digital Literacy.gov -- Free tutorials, skills assessments, and other resources for educators and users curated from organizations around the U.S. (Website > digital literacy > computer skills, course)
  • DigitalLearn -- Public Library Association website that serves as an online hub for digital literacy support and training. (Website > digital literacy > computer skills)
  • GCLearnFree -- Essential skills to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, over 125 tutorials, including more than 1,100 lessons, videos, and interactives. (Website > digital literacy > computer skills, course)
  • Intel Learn Easy Steps -- Facilitated course that is modular and highly flexible -- check out their lesson plans in particular. (Website > digital literacy > computer skills, course, spanish)
  • Learn My Way -- U.K.-based organization that offers free tutorials in technology, reading, math, and everyday life. (Website > digital literacy > computer skills, course)
  • Northstar Digital Literacy Project -- Basic skills needed to perform tasks on computers and online. (Website > digital literacy > computer skills)
  • Teaching Activities - Mozilla -- Engaging and ready-to-use lesson plans out there on digital literacy skills. (Website > digital literacy > computer skills, lessons)
  • Web Literacy - Mozilla -- Activities organized around the skills and competencies framework for Web Literacy. (Website > digital literacy > computer skills, lessons, activities)
  • Web Literacy Leaders 1-day Training Module - Mozilla -- An interactive, learner-centered 1-day training module designed to learn and teach others how to read, write, and participate on the Web. (Website > digital literacy > computer skills, course)

Services

  • Powertyping -- Full lessons and exercises to learn touch typing or improve your typing skills. Include many entertaining typing games, tests and practice drills. (Service > digital literacy > computer skills, typing)

Organizations

  • Equal Access -- International not for profit organizatio in San Francisco working throughout Asia, Africa and the Middle East on communications for social change organization that combines the power of media with community mobilization. (Organization > digital literacy > digital divide)
  • Mobile for Development - GSMA -- Group within GSMA that brings together mobile operator members, the wider mobile industry and the development community to drive commercial mobile services for underserved people in emerging markets. (Organization > digital literacy > mobile, digital divide)
  • TASCHA (Technology and Social Change Group) -- Group att the University of Washington Information School that explores the design, use, and effects of information and communication technologies in communities facing social and economic challenges (Organization > digital literacy > digital divide, academic)

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