We currently live in a world where people from across the globe can communicate almost instantaneously, where data and information can be shared the world over, and learning made so much easier – all thanks to the ever evolving world of technology. With all the new upgrades, innovations, and devices, however, how can one keep up? It’s because of this the world is much faster paced than it used to be – even compared to 5 to 10 years ago – and people need to have a handle on all of this in order to be somewhat successful in their careers. This is where digital literacy comes into play.
According to the U.S. Digital Literacy Website, http://digitalliteracy.us/, digital literacy can be described as, “learning how to use technology’s tools.” In my opinion, this includes learning and becoming comfortable with computers, smart phones, smart boards, tablets, etc. It also would include learning how to successfully navigate and, in practicing digital citizenship, social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, etc. In doing these things, individuals are becoming fluent in the digital world. Once they are fluent, they can then continue to respond and adapt to the constantly changing market. After all, it’s almost guaranteed that today’s technologies will be considered obsolete tomorrow. So get with it!