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The 8 key elements of digital literacgy

on May 21, 2014

While I was searching for resources for prac I came across this great article on the  Edudemic site talking about the essential elements of digital literacy. It is a worth having a look at the full article it can be found at It did not solve my problem of trying to find digital resources for teaching time but I will tuck it away for future reference. 

Essential Elements of Digital Literacy

  • Cultural – Look at the context in which the literacy is situated
  • Cognitive – How do we think when we are using a device (vs when we are not)?
  • Constructive – We should aim to use technology in a constructive (vs a passive) way
  • Communicative – We should be using technology to enhance our communications
  • Confident – You need to be confident to jump in feet first and explore/use/master/learn technology
  • Creative – Using technology in the classroom requires some creativity and risk taking – don’t stick to the basics when you can test out a new idea or use for technology
  • Critical – You need the ability to look at the technologies you’re using (and what you’re using them for) with a critical eye
  • Civic– We should be using the technologies available to us for greater good (which can be widely defined)

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