“Digital literacy” reers tothe ability to use technology,such as computer hardware,sotware, and the Internet,to locate, evaluate, use,and create inormation.
It demands technical andcritical thinking skills to accessmultiple orms o media andthen digest, integrate, andpresent this inormationin a simple and accessiblemanner. Students shouldbe developing these skills rom kindergarten through high school to prepare them orcollege and the workplace. However, research suggests that digital skills among high schoolgraduates across the country are inadequate to meet the demands o institutions o highereducation and o the job market.
New York City can better prepare its students or post-secondary success by increasing at-home computer ownership, broadband adoption, andawareness o digital literacy training programs and services.
As technology and our dependence upon it advance at lightning speed, computer skillshave shited rom optional to necessary. In 2011, 96 percent o working Americans wereusing new communications technologies daily, and 62 percent o workers reported thatthe Internet was undamental to their jobs.
Just to apply or a job requires Internetsavvy—more than 80 percent o Fortune 500 Companies
online job applications.
Likewise, classroom computer and Internet use continues to increase. An abundance o educational material is available online or students to reinorce or delve more deeplyinto class lessons. YouTube has an entire site dedicated to education, with sections
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