ETL 504 Digital Literacy

25 Apr

What is your understanding of digital literacy? Map your current understanding of digital literacy to the General Capabilities of the Australian Curriculum. How would you develop a digital literacy framework for your school in the context of the Australian Curriculum?

My understanding of digital literacy is the ability to utilise various technological tools (hardware and software) and understand how these tools can enhance teaching and learning.

In the General Capabilities of the Australian Curriculum, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) involves students developing the capabilities to effectively and appropriately use ICT to access, create, communicate, solve problems and work collaboratively in all learning areas at school and in their lives beyond school (ACARA, 2013). My understanding of digital literacy is stated very basically; however it is derived from the concept of being able to use technology in a manner as stated in the General Capabilities.

Technology has globalised the learning environment making it necessary to embrace technology as it is a means of constructing learning in a multi modal manner. The ability to stay adept with technology enables the learner greater control over how, where and when they learn (ACARA, 2013). It also provides the opportunity to interact with other learners on a global scale which fits with Vygotsky and Bruner’s social constructivist theory where there is an emphasis learner interactions and the dialogue used (Pritchard, 2008) to construct learning.

To develop a digital literacy framework, I would work collaboratively with interested teachers. A good starting point would be from within the technology team at my school. It would be necessary to articulate an overall goal and then break this down into smaller achievable aims that can be completed within the restrictions of time availability. Teachers can engage in highly focused and scaffolded in-house professional development which will hopefully flow into classroom teaching and learning practices. This will also enhance digital literacy across the curriculum.


Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority (ACARA). (2013). General Capabilities of the Australian Curriculum. Retrieved from:

Pritchard, A. (2008). Cognitive constructivist learning. Ways of learning (2nd ed., pp. 17-33). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.


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