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Digital Age Literacy

"We are living in a new economy-powered by technology, fueled by information, and driven by knowledge. The influence of technology will go beyond new equipment and faster communications, as work and skills will be redefined and reorganized."

—U.S. Department of Labor, 1999, Futurework—Trends and Challenges for Work in the 21st Century

Literacies include tasks such as:

Information Literacy: The ability to search for and hence access appropriate information across a range of genre, formats and systems. The ability to sift, scan and sort information.

Technological Literacy: The innate ability to discover how a new or evolved technology operates; recognising its limitations and benefits. The ability to choose the most appropriate tool to access and process information and present new knowledge & understanding.

Scientific Literacy: The ability to apply the scientific process and have an awreness of scientific terminology and their applications.

Media Literacy: The ability to synthesise a wide range of viewpoints/interpretations from a variety of media and build a concise model of understanding of those ideas.

Cultural Literacy & Global Awareness: The ability to manage information in the “global village”.

Critical Literacy: The ability to identify key aspects of information validity such as accuracy, objectivity, authority, currency and coverage.

Cognitive Literacy: The capacity to build cognitive models/frameworks of understanding.

Visual Literacy: The ability to interpret and present information in a range of visual formats. This may include, animations.

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