Nowadays, we are not surprised to see a toddler swiping a smartphone screen like an expert. Children of this generation are familiar with using Internet-based technologies at a very tender age. They naturally inherit digital skills in a similar way they learn to walk and talk because they grow up seeing digital gadgets abundantly in their ecosystem.
Although they get digital device operating skills by the time they get into schools, they need not necessarily have the digital literacy required to use those skills professionally. Introducing data and digital literacy to school course books is an ideal solution to make education more effective.
Physical classrooms have given way to digital classrooms. Projects, assignments, and presentations are shifting to digital modes. Under the traditional education system, a student cannot think of doing such tasks. Schools and teachers need to equip their students with digital skills to accept this change fearlessly.
Thankfully, the education system is responding positively to the digital shift and understands the importance of providing digital literacy from primary classes onwards. As a result, more schools are going digital every year.
Digitally efficient students know how and where to find information and convert it into their required format to fulfill the academic purpose. Besides, access to the internet improves the quality of education immensely. It opens to a sea of information, knowledge, and educational resources. Thus, increasing opportunities for learning in and beyond the classroom.
In addition to equipping digital skills, digital learning also helps students to understand how to behave in cyberspaces. At younger ages, students need not always be conscious of the consequences of sharing data online. Digital literacy classes should also be aimed at enlightening them about hidden dangers.
To have a clear understanding of what data are to be shared and what not on public platforms is a lifesaving quality. They are also educated on various cyber threats which they may come across at any point in life.
After the academics, when they enter the job market, the situation is not different. From job search to joining, every process goes through digital channels. Digital proficiency has become mandatory everywhere.
Digital portfolio, PowerPoint presentations, knowledge of digital modes of business operations are crucial. Getting basic training at the school and college level would help job seekers perform better during interviews.
While talking about the importance of digital literacy, we should not forget about impediments. Access to broadband connectivity and affordability are still concerns in many countries. Investment fostering environment would increase the availability of broadband, making it affordable for educational institutions, students, and teachers.
Knowledge is key and learning never ends. Success lies in using the acquired knowledge for the betterment of self, mankind, and the world around you.