Digital Literacy is the knowledge, skills, and behaviors used in a broad range of digital devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop PCs, all of which are seen as network rather than computing devices. Digital literacy initially focused on digital skills and stand-alone computers, but the focus has moved from stand-alone to network devices. Computer literacy preceded digital literacy, and refers to knowledge and skills in using traditional computers (such as desktop PCs and laptops) with a focus on practical skills in using software application packages. Digital skills is limited to practical abilities in using digital devices (such as laptops and smartphones).
In grade four digital literacy class students learn to manage, evaluate, and understand digital information and computing concepts. Some of the specific topics covered in this class include: Basic computer functions, Computer organization, Browser choice and use, Search engine use, Using MS Word, Using MS Power point, Generating word Clouds, Story boarding
Although digital information is prevalent in the educational world, digital literacy is not designed to replace traditional forms of literacy such as reading and writing. Rather digital literacy adds to these, and other, traditional forms of literacy by broadening the spectrum that literacy is used. Students that develop digital literacy skills early will have an advantage throughout their education and careers as these skills will be relevant in their futures.