What digital skills do students need and how do you teach them?
Throughout this whole course, we have learnt about incorporating technology into the classroom and the roles and impact of this integration. There is ongoing research to identify how to best do that as the digital landscape constantly changes.
A common misconception is that majority of these ‘digital skills’ will be learnt by students on their own, especially when these students are meant to be ‘digital natives’ (Prensky, 2001). Growing up with technology does not automatically mean you understand all aspects of how technology works and how it is used by people. Due to a digital generation gap, many parents and teachers don’t know how to equip students with the digital skills they need (e.g. How often are children showing parents how to use the computer or their smart phones/devices?).
If you have read any of my blog posts, you would have noticed a common theme that I have repeatedly championed – Digital Citizenship.
Unfortunately, digital citizenship is often overlooked by parents and teachers, even though it is seen as being fundamental to a person’s ability to use technology and live in a digital world (Park, 2016, June). With technology being consumed at younger ages than ever before, the importance of developing a digital citizenship at these younger ages is just as relevant as learning the digital skills themselves.
Similar to IQ or EQ a Digital intelligence or “DQ” is the set of social, emotional and cognitive abilities that enable individuals to face the challenges and adapt to the demands of digital life. Below you will find some charts that help determine the areas that make up DQ and what they entail (To find out more, click the links).
The Digital Intelligence chart can be further broken down to specify what areas are incorporated.
To discover more about DQ: https://www.dqinstitute.org
A digital citizenship program can be found here: https://www.dqworld.net
DQ Institute. (2017). Digital Intelligence Quotient [image]. DQ Institute. Retrieved from https://www.dqinstitute.org
DQ Institute. (2017, March 7). Video Introducing DQ – Digital Intelligence Quotient. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/RExly5NE2lI
Park, Y., (2016, June 16). 8 digital skills we must teach our children. World Economic Forum. Retrieved from https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/06/8-digital-skills-we-must-teach-our-children/
Park, Y., (2016, September 6). 8 digital life skills all children need – and a plan for teaching them. World Economic Forum. Retrieved from https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/09/8-digital-life-skills-all-children-need-and-a-plan-for-teaching-them/
Prensky, M. (2001). Digital natives, digital immigrants. Part I. From On the Horizon. MCB University Press, Vol. 9 No. 5, October 2001. Retrieved from http://www.marcprensky.com/writing/Prensky%20-%20Digital%20Natives,%20Digital%20Immigrants%20-%20Part1.pdf.