Here is a draft version of my description of the Digital Literacy strand of my new ICT curriculum proposal. This would be made available to parents via our website and also in the ICT department handbook.
In a world in which computers play an increasingly important part in children’s everyday lives it is important for them to have an understanding of the most common functions and programs that they are likely to encounter. They need to develop the basic skills that will allow them to adapt to any new software and hardware that they may find themselves using.
The children we teach have never known a world without the Internet and therefore they need to understand how to use this amazingly powerful resource in a safe, responsible way. To become digitally literate our children need to understand the principles of e-safety as well as how to check the reliability of information they find online. They should understand the need to acknowledge their sources and respect copyright.
Digital literacy also covers the ability to use a wide range of ICT equipment such as digital cameras, microphones, scanners, printers etc. We want our children to be able to pick up a camera and be comfortable enough to be able to use it to take a picture and then transfer that picture to their PC. Children are exposed to such a wide range of technology these days and we want the children to be able to apply their skills and adapt to any new technology their encounter.