Topic 1 Digital Literacy Introduction

Digital Literacy is defined by Cornell University (2009) as a combination of the skills or competencies in finding, comprehending, evaluating, utilizing, sharing, and creating digital content using technology and the internet.

To be Digitally Literate is not merely the mastery of computer technology and internet usage skills, which connotes making humans mere robotic figures.

Rather, it is interpreted as reading for knowledge, reading   coherently, and thinking critically.

This ability is not merely the mastery of computer technology and internet usage skills, which connotes making humans mere robotic figures.

The importance of digital literacy was further reinforced during the COVID-19 pandemic, as educators of all levels across the world had to adapt their teaching and learn new teaching methods in a short amount of time. This had an effect on teachers’ and students’ mental health.

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    For teachers, the impact of digital technologies (additional workload, adapting to new technologies etc) during the pandemic caused stress and reduced motivation (Toto and Limone, 2021).
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    For students, adapting to online teaching also caused difficulties as discrepancies in the level of digital literacy and online access among students, teachers, and parents created huge obstacles for some children, even the ability so signing on their class.