Promoting Digital Literacy

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The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to launch a digital literacy program in ten districts of the province. The initiative pledges to digital literacy amplifies technology to transform the ways in which students learn, work, and socialize. By cultivating higher-order digital skills, students change the way they think about technology, which positions them for success in high school, college, and career. Indeed, digital literacy defines future-ready students, so it’s no surprise that countries are instituting digital literacy programs to further improve the educational standards of Pakistan. There are several pragmatic reasons for having a digital literacy program. At a most basic level, these reasons often include aligning to standards; improving student performance on online assessments; and meeting requirements of various other initiatives. Digital literacy indeed reflects the larger vision of education: future-readiness that is comprehensive and purposeful. School and district leaders can use this common sense of purpose to rally the support of stakeholders and build a digital literacy program that equips students with elemental digital skills. Having an articulated vision unifies the process. Integrating digital literacy into core instruction is an excellent approach for contextualizing technology and ensuring it is foundational to student learning. By including technology in this setting, students encounter diverse learning experiences that help to optimize their learning process. To build a digital literacy program in Pakistan that is both equitable and effective, it is imperative that we develop a comprehensive scope and sequence. To reach this skill, students require media literacy and visual mapping skills, as well as more fundamental skills like typing and word processing, to manage their curated information.

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