DIGITAL LITERACY COMPETENCIES IN THE 21st CENTURY

With the advancement in science and technology in the last decade people of the world are now connected through technology. Literacy means being able to read and write. Digital literacy involves digital reading and writing techniques in various multimedia forms. It can include words, texts, visual displays, motion pictures, graphics, audio and video. Digital literacy shares refers to the reading and writing of digital texts, for  example being able to ‘read’ a website  by  navigating through hyperlinks and ‘writing’ by  uploading digital photos to a social networking  site. Digital Literacy refers to the interest, attitude and ability of individuals to appropriately use digital technology and communication tools to access, manage, integrate, analyze and evaluate information, construct new knowledge, create and communicate with other. It also refers to the knowledge, skills, and behaviors used in a broad range of digital devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop PCs. The JISC developing digital literacy guide has mentioned about seven types of digital literacy: media literacy, information literacy, digital scholarship, learning skills, communication and collaboration, career and identity management and ICT literacy. In a remarkably short span of time, the world and its people and cultures are largely driven by the Internet, smart phones, computers. Some components which are related to digital literacy include computer literacy, network literacy, media literacy, network literacy, scientific literacy. The paper focuses on the digital literacy competencies in the 21st century.

Keywords: Digital Literacy.

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