What is Literacy with ICT?

This page provides a brief overview of Literacy with ICT (LwICT). To learn even more about LwICT choose one of the four options listed below.

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A Brief Overview of Literacy with ICT (LwICT)

What is ICT (Information and Communication Technology)?
Information and communication technologies includes computers, laptops, digital cameras, video cameras, digital microscopes, scanners, cell phones, electronic games, digital audio devices, global positioning systems, electronic whiteboards, the Internet, et cetera. ICTs in the classroom will continue to evolve as new technologies emerge over time.

What is Literacy?
We might think we know what literacy it, but the fact is that even the very definition of literacy is evolving with our society and its needs and abilities. Check out the definition of literacy from the National Council of Teachers of English. [1. Develop proficiency with the tools of technology, 2. Build relationships with others to pose and solve problems collaboratively and cross-culturally, 3. Design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes, 4. Manage, analyze and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous information, 5. Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multi-media texts, and 6. Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments.

What is Literacy with ICT?
Being literate with ICT means choosing and using ICT, responsibly and ethically, to support critical and creative thinking about information and about communication as a citizen of the global community. Literacy with ICT consists of 3 components: critical and creative thinking, ethics and responsibility, and ICT literacy.

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This representation shows the relationship between ICT literacy (i.e., demonstrating ICT skills) and literacy with ICT (i.e., choosing and using ICT, responsibly and ethically, to support critical and creative thinking about information and about communication across the curriculum). ICT literacy is a critical component of literacy with ICT, but it is not sufficient in itself.

How do students develop their own literacy with ICT?
Literate students choose and use ICT, responsibly and ethically, to support their critical and creative thinking about textual, numerical, visual, and aural information as citizens of the global community. They develop this literacy through a process of inquiry across the curriculum using LwICT Big Ideas, as they
  • plan and question
  • gather and make sense
  • produce to show understanding
  • communicate
  • reflect on their learning

How do students develop their own ICT literacy?
ICT literacy is one component of Literacy with ICT. ICT literacy involves acquiring the supporting skills that are needed for students to develop their literacy with ICT. These supporting skills are most effectively developed within curricular context rather than on their own.