Digital literacy programs teach children simple and not-so-simple technology skills
For the second time ever, digital skills were recognized as part of the basic curriculum at the National Literacy and Numeracy week in Australia. Given the relevance of ICTs for the future of children, the program is seeking to raise awareness about the foundation skills required to become competitive in the workforce.
During the events organized to celebrate this week, parents, teachers and children got involved in learning how to use a range of technologies to find information, solve problems and complete tasks. Some additional awareness concerns were raised in terms of security and adequate use of online resources.
However, it is also important to highlight that basic digital skills are not enough. Considering the fast pace at which technology is developing, other programs have started teaching more advanced skills to children.
For example, at Chatham Library in Canada, children are invited to work with 3D printers, snap tiny working circuits and build simple electronics at mini-maker fairs. Through simple activities that combine technology with other areas such as music, children are invited to play and learn not only how to use technology, but also how to create it.
According to the library’s official statements, parents were very excited about their children learning technology skills that they themselves were not familiar to. Participants as young as six years old had fun in the fair’s activities.