What is Digital Literacy?
Digital Literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills.
A Digitally Literate Person:
Possesses the variety of skills – technical and cognitive – required to
find, understand, evaluate, create, and communicate digital information
in a wide variety of formats;
Is able to use diverse technologies appropriately and effectively to retrieve information, interpret results, and judge the quality of that information;
Understands the relationship between technology, life-long learning,
personal privacy, and stewardship of information;
Uses these skills and the appropriate technology to communicate and collaborate with peers, colleagues, family, and on occasion, the general public; and
Uses these skills to actively participate in civic society and contribute
to a vibrant, informed, and engaged community.
ALA Digital Literacy Taskforce, 2011
A digitally literate person can blog and a blog fulfils and all the above. If you are reading this you are becoming more digitally literate, more if you reply, more if you have a blog!
P.S. It has come to my attention that, of course, we are assuming computer literacy. If you are teaching computer literacy below is a guide of what I consider to be the essentials.