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Digital Competence: A Net of Literacies

Digital Competence: A Net of Literacies
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Author(s): Edith Avni (Toward Digital Ethics Initiative, Israel) and Abraham Rotem (Toward Digital Ethics Initiative, Israel)
Copyright: 2016
Pages: 29
Source title: Handbook of Research on Technology Tools for Real-World Skill Development
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Yigal Rosen (Harvard University, USA), Steve Ferrara (Pearson, USA) and Maryam Mosharraf (Pearson, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9441-5.ch002


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This chapter presents a proposal for a conceptual framework of digital competence, which is a civil right and need and is vital for appropriate, intelligent study and functioning in the real world, through means that technology and the internet offer the citizen. Digital competence in the 2010s is a multifaceted complex of a net of literacies that have been updated, reformulated and transformed under the influence of technology. The framework of the digital competency includes eight fields of digital literacies. At the top of the net is digital ethics literacy, outlines the moral core for proper use of technology; at the base are technological literacy and digital reading and writing literacy, comprising the foundation and interface for all the digital literacies, and in between are the digital literacies in these fields: information literacy, digital visual literacy, new media literacy, communication and collaboration literacy and social media literacy. These interconnected literacies compose a synergetic complex of the digital competence framework.

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