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An electronic journal for leaders in education
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Digital participation, digital literacy and schools

Cassie Hague, Ben Williamson

Digital literacy refers to the skills, knowledge and understanding required to use new technology and media to create and share meaning. This week's article is adapted from the British report Digital participation, digital literacy, and school subjects: a review of the policies, literature and evidence, published by the Futurelab organisation. The article discusses students' current levels of digital literacy; literacy as it relates to information and the media; the relevance of multiliteracies and critical literacy; issues surrounding the use of technology in schools; and professional development requirements for educators.


Subject Headings

Technological literacy
Multimedia systems
Mass media study and teaching
Information literacy
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
Educational planning
Computers in society
Computer-based training
Audiovisual education