International Literacy Day is a world event held every year on September 8 to raise awareness of the importance of literacy, and the impact literacy rates have across all levels of our society.
The theme of International Literacy Day for this year is ‘Literacy in a digital world,’ focusing on the literacy skills that are needed specifically to succeed in the online world. Not only does this require traditional literacy knowledge such as reading, writing and comprehension skills, it also includes the skills and knowledge that are required to navigate online spaces – it’s the notion of being digitally literate.
Digital literacy is becoming an essential part of education and work environments, but it is often considered innate knowledge, and not a series of skills that require time and practise to hone. This includes everything from knowing how to physically turn on and operate a device, type on a keyboard or use a touch screen, as well as how to then navigate internet webpages, use software and communicate via messaging or email applications.
For learners today, these skills are often developed from a very young age, leading to what is often called a generation of digital natives. Students who are taught digital comprehension skills alongside traditional reading and writing are better equipped to be successful learners in the future.
One way to teach digital skills alongside core literacy is to use online educational programs. These familiarise students with online spaces in a safe and reassuring environment that reflects their learning in the classroom.
Celebrate the theme of literacy in a digital world with your learners by using Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress. There are plenty of books available in the online library where they can learn about technology and the internet. Read one of the following titles with your students:
Inventing the Future
Stars of the Internet
Go Facts: Media