My favourite definition of Digital Literacy that I have found so far is part of a presentation on Digital Literacy in Primary School Sites, an experiment in 3 schools in Ireland (Casey & Bruce, 2010). They present Digital Literacy as follows:
To augment the definitions above, Wikipedia defines Digital Literacy as follows:
The ability to locate, organize, understand, evaluate, and analyze information using digital technology. It involves a working knowledge of current high-technology, and an understanding of how it can be used. Digitally literate people can communicate and work more efficiently, especially with those who possess the same knowledge and skills.
Research around digital literacy is concerned with wider aspects associated with learning how to effectively find, use, summarize, evaluate, create, and communicate information while using digital technologies, not just being literate at using a computer.
Digital literacy encompasses computer hardware, software (particularly those used most frequently by businesses), the Internet, cell phones, PDAs, and other digital devices. A person using these skills to interact with society may be called a digital citizen.
To summarize, now that we have a knowledge of what Digital Literacy looks like, how can we define illiteracy…