DIGITAL LITERACY

What is Digital Literacy?

Digital Literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills.

A Digitally Literate Person:

  •  Possesses the variety of skills – technical and cognitive – required to find, understand, evaluate, create, and communicate digital information in a wide variety of formats;
  •  Is able to use diverse technologies appropriately and effectively to retrieve information, interpret results, and judge the quality of that information;
  •  Understands the relationship between technology, life-long learning, personal privacy, and stewardship of information;
  •  Uses these skills and the appropriate technology to communicate and collaborate with peers, colleagues, family, and on occasion, the general public; and
  •  Uses these skills to actively participate in civic society and contribute to a vibrant, informed, and engaged community.

ALA Digital Literacy Taskforce, 2011

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A digitally literate person can blog and a blog fulfills all of the above. If you are reading this you are becoming more digitally literate, more if you reply, more if you have a blog!

Around 40% of the world population has an internet connection today. In 1995, it was less than 1%.
The number of internet users has increased tenfold from 1999 to 2013.
The first billion was reached in 2005. The second billion in 2010. The third billion in 2014.

http://www.cso.ie/en/releasesandpublications/er/isshh/informationsocietystatistics-households2016/ shows the Internet usage for Ireland

 

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