Learning to use technology responsibly is an essential digital literacy skill for this 21st Century and one that is emphasized throughout KAD ICT Hub’s courses in the context of the 4Cs.
Smartphones are everywhere; children and young people are developing apps, programming robots and creating online personas. Indeed, technology is nearly prevalent facet of children and young people’s lives, including at school where they are often using technology tools to enhance their learning and in the offices.
But just because they knows what buttons to push or has access to a world of knowledge at their fingertips doesn’t mean he or she knows what to do with that power, and power it surely is.
Digital literacy requires teachers, government officials and individuals to make the shift from passive technology use to thoughtful applications of technology, in order to create new content and process information at higher levels. One way educators can approach the challenge of teaching students to engage safely and responsibly with technology is to focus on the role of the 4C’s:
Critical Thinking – It’s easy to read an article or see a photo and take it for face value, but as social media and the recent spotlight on “fake news” has shown us, there is a danger to doing so. There is need to know how to evaluate sources and make decisions about how to use the new information. This is crucial in an age where there is an overwhelming amount of information to sort through.
Creativity – Anyone can create digital content, but what determines quality? And how can you add authentic opportunities for so called digital audience? Creativity help digital audience tap into their strengths and areas of interest while emphasizing original content and developing a quality product. To make it relevant and authentic, encouragement to publish their work using a variety of intuitive digital tools and elicit feedback in the process is a key.
Communication– Children and young people cannot be shielded from having an internet presence, but they could be helped to understand how to cultivate a positive and safe digital footprint. Communication not only happens face to face or over the phone; it also happens when deciding what to share and whom to share with online. In an era when schools are rapidly adopting a digital learning environment, communicating responsibly online is an essential 21st Century skill. Moreover, communicating with a broader audience, such as internet, can be a tremendous motivator for young people and help them find their voice.
Collaboration– Connecting with others from diverse backgrounds increases the ability to understand multiple perspectives. Learning from and with others all over the world is possible with digital tools like Twitter, LinkedIn, Skype, Buncee, and Padlet to name a few. Children and young can work beyond their geographic walls to find answers to real problems. By engaging in this type of collaboration, students are even more prepared to participate successfully in our global economy.
During this holiday, KAD ICT Hub is organising a two week intensive Digital Literacy Camp for young people. In this Camp participants will be trained on computer basics, productivity tools and living online.
Date: Between 18 December; 2017 to 5th January 2018.
Venue: 47 Kanta roads off independence way Kaduna.
To register click here