Why Digital Skills Are Now As Important for School Children As Literacy

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Why Digital Skills Are Now As Important for School Children As Literacy

The importance of education in society can never be emphasized enough. It not just improves one's lifestyle but also widens their range of thought, acceptance and helps them grow in an altruistic manner, for the benefit of society at large. Leaders and social workers have fought for educational rights for centuries now, and education has been in a dynamic state to perceive and to practice, forever. 

 

The 19th century and early 20th century accepted books as the highest source of knowledge while towards the end of the twentieth century, the world unfolded into an era that saw the rise of technology and sang the verses of human power and intelligence that led it not to limit itself as a creation but to endure the role of creator too. 

 

The obsolete forms of education are turning unproductive and as a society, we have entered an age of applied knowledge. Computers are children's best friends and for better or for worse, they have substituted books to a great extent in many schools, not just in the developed world but in many developing economies as well. To cope up with the pace of the world, we need an education system that is flexible enough to accommodate the changes. In this article, we shall be discussing some measures that can be followed to incorporate digital education as a part of our children's curriculum, so that they would be able to take full advantage of this digital revolution and participate in the learning process like never before:


 

  • Simpler devices:

 

Children should be introduced to technology at an early age. Letting them use their tablets and smartphones for entertainment purposes is not what we are talking about. When we teach a child to add and subtract, we might as well introduce them to a calculator, or the feature available in laptops, tablets, etc. A tech-savvy quality could be quite beneficial to endure.


 

  • Presentations:

 

Students are usually assigned projects that involve a lot of manual work which isn't a con, but limiting them to not use technology to accomplish the projects and tasks should be rethought. Instead, students should be encouraged to use technology and explore it through their creativity. Hard work is not what we condemn, but smart work is what we seek. Students should be asked to prepare digital presentations on the subjects allotted to them and should be allowed to experiment with different features of the presentation applications like MS PowerPoint, etc.


 

  • Coding:

 

The government is encouraging schools to include coding in the syllabus of students at the school level so that they are introduced to an essential realm of knowledge beforehand and even if they choose a career other than engineering and computers, they will have the basic knowledge about coding. Teaching coding is not only about learning how to build a website from scratch, but learning coding also helps students develop logical thinking, improves their memories, and boost problem-solving skills. Also, it must be noted that coding has had a history of its association with engineering, but gradually, it seems to have become a world of its own that is flexible to accommodate people from different careers and streams and has proven to be of help to everyone. 

 

  • Raspberry Pi 4:

 

Raspberry Pi 4 is an excellent device for those that seek multifunctional devices. It can be used in laptops, desktops, etc. to set up anything and everything from a gaming console to literally one's self-made computer. It can be used to create a robot of your own that can be operated from a distance. The device is lightweight and therefore can be installed in other devices of variable sizes. It can be used to create a stop motion camera and to shoot a time-lapse video too.


 

  • Laptops and tablets to take notes:

 

Encouraging students to use their laptops or tablets to make notes could be time-saving as well as more effective than them taking handwritten notes in notebooks. They could store a large amount of data on just one device which will make it easy to be carried and even easier to be accessed. They can use these tech tools to communicate with each other but also for easy file transfer of videos, images, or docs with their teachers or their peers. Even if they lose their laptop or any other storage device, they can always retrieve their data from the cloud and be good to go.

 

 

  • The Development of Technological Skills:

 

Once a student becomes digitally literate, he or she will be able to develop technical skills that were beyond the understanding of students of previous generations. Such students will be able to learn authorship rules, including but not restricted to copyright and plagiarism. They will also be able to understand precisely how to access information online. Moreover, they will also learn the concept of social responsibility through the simple expedient of interacting on various popular social networks.

 

Digital Skills Make the Learning Process more Interactive:

There is no doubt whatsoever that the better the digital skills in the classroom (and beyond) the easier it is for the student to absorb the subject matter being taught. It is very simple really. When students learn online and share it with their peers and research their assignments while working on Google Docs, Zoom, MS teams, and other interactive team applications, they gain more knowledge. They are able to learn not just from the teachers but from each other as well since they share their research. Not only does it foster team-building activities, but also gives them a more in-depth and well-rounded knowledge of the subject matter at hand.

 

Such Skills Create Popular Libraries of the Future:

Schools have been trying to inculcate reading habits amongst their students for generations. This is why virtually every school has a well-stocked library with books that they believe children might enjoy. However, this is not always the case. But now, libraries are becoming digital media centers and they offer highly interactive books and documentaries to pique the student’s interest. In the long run, it helps students to develop not just a thirst for reading, but a desire to acquire knowledge, purely out of curiosity; this is the single greatest achievement of any school.

 

  • Conclusion:

 

Education widens a person's range of thought, acceptance and helps them grow in an altruistic manner. The obsolete forms of education are turning unproductive and as a society, we have entered an age of applied knowledge. To cope up with the pace of the world, we need an education system that is flexible enough to accommodate the changes.

 

Children should be introduced to technology and its use, parallel to regular education. For example, when we teach a child to add and subtract, we might as well introduce them to a calculator. Students should be encouraged to use technology to complete projects. They should be encouraged towards coding at an early age so that they have the know-how of it beforehand. 

 

Raspberry Pi 4 is an excellent multifunctional device that can be turned into a gaming console, a computer, a robot, etc. Students should be allowed to use laptops or tablets to make notes.

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