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Digital Literacy


Digital literacy involves the ability to solve problems using technology in a safe, legal, and ethically responsible manner. With the ever-expanding role of digitalization and big data in the modern world, digital literacy also means having strong data literacy skills and the ability to engage with emerging technologies. Digitally literate students recognize the rights and responsibilities, as well as the opportunities, that come with living, learning, and working in an interconnected digital world.

Student Descriptors

  • Students select and use appropriate digital tools to collaborate, communicate, create, innovate, and solve problems. 
  • Students understand how to manage and regulate their use of technology to support their mental health and well-being.
  • Students use digital tools to define and plan data searches, collect data, and identify relevant data sets. They analyse, interpret, and graphically represent, or “visualize”, data in various ways to solve problems and inform decisions. 
  • Students demonstrate a willingness and confidence to explore and use new or unfamiliar digital tools and emerging technologies (e.g., open source software, wikis, robotics, augmented reality). Students understand how different technologies are connected and recognize their benefits and limitations.
  • Students manage their digital footprint by engaging in social media and online communities respectfully, inclusively, safely, legally, and ethically.  Students understand their rights with respect to personal data and know how to protect their privacy and security and respect the privacy and security of others.
  • Students analyse and understand the impact of technological advancements on society, and society’s role in the evolution of technology.