There is often a misconception between Digital Literacy and Computer Literacy. Computer Literacy is one among the many literacy under the umbrella of Digital Literacy.
Digital literacy is considered as a new literacy that can be decomposed in to many sub-literacy. Some of them are,
- Computer Literacy
- Information Literacy
- Social media Literacy and
- Network Literacy
Earlier conceptualization of Digital Literacy focused on skills needs to operate computers. Contemporary conceptualization, added focus to skills, behavior and knowledge particularly with respected to network devices – mobile phones, computers, smart phones, etc..,
Digital Literacy vs Computer Literacy
Digital Literacy embraces the practical skills that computer literacy incorporates. In addition, Digital Literacy adds great focus to,
- Economic and
aspects of Digital technology.
Internet is a source of both information and communication.
In terms of Pedagogical use, Digital Literacy provides great advantage in curriculum design as it expose students to multi-literacies which can broaden their views, knowledge and information – which are highly constructive.
Digital Literacy also embrace “Constructivist theory of learning” – learners draw from their existing knowledge to construct new learning.