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In 2024 being literate means more than reading and writing.

It’s about mastering the tools and skills that are needed to navigate and thrive in a digital landscape, whether that’s in education or beyond and into the workplace.

There are many definitions of digital literacy, but groups them into the following 5 categories.

Information literacy:

The ability to locate, evaluate, and use digital information critically. This includes skills in searching the internet, discerning credible sources, and conducting effective online research.

Media literacy:

This focuses on understanding and interpreting various forms of digital media, including images, videos, and online articles. Individuals with media literacy skills can analyse visual content, recognise potential biases, and assess the credibility of information presented in different media formats.

Communication and collaboration:

Proficiency in digital communication tools includes effective use of email, messaging apps, and collaborative platforms. Individuals with these skills can communicate clearly and collaborate with others using digital tools.

Cybersecurity awareness:

This type of digital literacy involves understanding online safety practices, recognising potential cyber threats, and protecting personal information. It includes knowledge of secure password practices, recognising phishing attempts, and maintaining digital security.

Coding and computational thinking:

Advanced digital literacy includes coding skills and computational thinking. This involves understanding the basics of programming languages, logical problem-solving, and the ability to create and understand digital algorithms.

By cultivating digital literacy, you can enable students to succeed by empowering them with the skills to confidently navigate data, information, visuals, and media to achieve their goals in school and in the world of work beyond education.

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