A few weeks back, I was doing some thinking about 21st century workplace literacy and wondering why edubloggers and workplace learning bloggers weren't having more conversations about what constitutes "literacy" in a radically changed workplace. I would argue that by anyone's definition, digital literacy should be part of what we mean when we talk about the skills that all workers need to be successful. I'd go so far as to say that these are skills that would benefit all citizens, whether they're working or not.
Now I see that Vicki Davis has embarked on a project to build the digital skills of her young students through "Digiteen," which she's set up to teach the skills identified in Digital Citizenship in Schools by Mike Ribble and Gerald Baily. They are:
1. Student Learning and Academic Performance
full electronic participation in society
Digital Communication--the electronic exchange of information
Digital Literacy-- the capability to use digital technology and knowing when and how to use it.
2. Student Environment and Student Behaviour
Digital Security and Safety-- the precautions that all technology users must take to guarantee their personal safety and the security of their network
Digital Etiquette--the standards of conduct expected by other digital technology users
the privileges and freedoms extended to all digital technology users, and the behavioural expectations that come with them.
3. Student Life Outside the School Environment
the legal rights and restrictions governing technology use
the elements of physical and psychological well-being related to digital technology use
Digital Commerce--the buying and selling of goods online
Looking at this list I have three questions:
- Shouldn't "adults" have these skills too?
- Do they?
- If we think that these skills are important, what are we doing to make sure that people actually have them?
What do you think?