Technological literacyUse of ICT tools for study, work, leisure & communication, incl. opportunities, difficulties& potential risks of ICTs.
  • Accessing and providing student learning opportunities
  • File / website management tools
  • Understanding and using online gaming/ virtual worlds
  • Understanding and using social networking/ collaborating online
  • Accessing professional learning opportunities
  • Developing tools for lifelong learning
  • Developing tools for self reflection and sharing
  • Developing the ability to transfer knowledge between programmes
  • Obtaining new skills

Resources to support the development of Technological Literacy.

'Digital natives' are slippery creatures. They look and sound very competent but I tend to see that they have quite strong surface skills -can apply logic form one platform to another, aren’t afraid to try things out and problem solve. What they don’t have(and won’t -without explicit teaching) is the deeper understanding behind exploring the tools -at a primary level that’s for we wise ones to impart.
What the TechYES programme does at its lower level is to provide a checklist for student mentors to peer assess from. Things such as (in a text doc or ppt -for presenting work ) spaces after a fullstop or comma, font choice, font size, layout…visual language but in a digital format.
I have used my TecStars to develop some technical skills such as fixing the ‘keychain’ for access to our school shared folder (we have ‘pods’ of computers and the ‘remember me’ button is very appealing!) and these kids are bloggers and are developing some programming awareness using ‘Scratch’. If these types of skills were to be built up over time then what’s not to stop them from being teacher mentors as well as peer mentors.
It’s hard work to think of a digital parallel for the work we do in the classroom because many teachers don’t ‘think digitally’ -couldn’t the kids offer ideas even if they can’t yet follow them through?
In a classroom it could look like this…”If we are learning about keeping ourselves safe at home and in the community what would we need to think about when we are online? How could we show this to your parents?”

Below is a presentation that Sylvia Martinez of genYES prepared based on Technology Literacy for the 'National Council for Women in IT' Summit May 2011 in New York. On slide 4, you can see she shares the view of State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) on Technology Literacy with clear links to the eCompetency of Technological Literacy. She links constructivism theory to project based learning. Assessing Technology Literacy