Technology increases human capacity and provides newly refined ways of thinking and development, therefore, a pressing need for digital literacy awareness. Digital Literacy Campaign (DLC) is a movement KodeHauz has designed to develop and impact young minds with skills needed to navigate the digital world. But just before I write about our DLC, let's have a fair knowledge of what it means to be digitally literate and it's importance...
Today, every part of our world has evolved immensely over the last few years into a very tech and digital place. Literally, almost everything we do today involves the computer, right from surfing the internet to job hunts and online interviews, this is why being a digital literate is very essential. It is a very important requirement in our day to day living for any kind of function, for the purpose of achieving proficient results.
Getting right to it;
WHAT IS DIGITAL LITERACY?
Wikipedia defines digital literacy as an individual’s ability to find, evaluate and compose clear information through writing and other mediums on various digital platforms.
Digital literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create and communicate information requiring both cognitive (involving thinking, understanding, learning, and remembering) and technical skills. This goes beyond taking selfies and uploading them online or social media but about having the proper technical knowledge and its appropriate use.
Digital literacy is quite a very broad term because it encompasses a whole lot. It involves researching, content creation (writing emails, blogs, tweets, making videos and podcasts) use of digital tools to maximum advantage, problem-solving, computer appreciation and lots more.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO BE DIGITALLY LITERATE?
It is known that being able to read, write and think properly is what makes up a literate. It is likewise essential to go deeper into expanding your knowledge by learning and understanding the skills of technology.
It makes virtually everything possible and easy. Take, for instance, a student - activities ranging from school work to learning outside the classroom gets a lot easier. In summary, being digital literate gets you qualified for today's advanced world by providing you with every necessary tool needed to function properly.
Our Purpose for DLC
As penned in my first paragraph, the purpose of DLC is to develop and impact young minds with the skills needed to navigate the digital world. The program has been designed to be interactive and engaging. The lessons planned out involve group work, discussions and activities that can either be used individually or collectively as part of the school and after-school programs or even at home.
Various teachings in different areas will be implemented. The areas expected to be covered include;
- Computer Appreciation
- Computer science fundamentals
- Computer programming
- Web development and design
- Mobile App development
- Embedded systems and Robotics
- Data Science, e.t.c
Different events will also be organized in the long-run. Events like;
- Training and Mentorship programs
- Clubs and lots more
Our vision is for every public secondary school student in Akwa-Ibom state have a well-grounded knowledge and the effective use of the computer vastly in the next 1 to 5 years.
Conclusion: The use of computers and technology as a whole has become a way of life in the modern world, making it important for just about everyone to learn basic computer and technological skills.