1/6: Digital Literacy Introduction

Computer skills are just one aspect of Digital LiteracyTo be digitally literate means being able to use digital technology, communication tools, or networks to locate, evaluate, use, and create information.1 These skills are used in everyday life and all industries and jobs. The required skill level for specific jobs can vary. You can learn more by looking at the categories below. You will find that each category has skills that are further organized by three skill levels: 

  • Basic – You are just getting comfortable with using computers and mobile devices, using email, and performing basic web searches.
  • Intermediate – You are able to use productivity software, apps, and online communication tools as well as contribute information via the Internet.
  • Technical Professional - You are able to implement, monitor, or maintain information technology systems.

If you are interested in developing these skills, there are programs that can assist you.  Many offer industry-recognized credentials when you complete tests. You can search for digital literacy programs near you through:

2/6: Why Online Security Matters

​There is always a risk whenever you transfer information from one computer or mobile device to another. The risk can come in the form of malicious code or people that contact you.

3/6: Why Knowing Your Computer/Mobile Device Matters

​Getting to know a computer or mobile device that is new to you can be fun and a little scary at the same time. The good thing is that most computers and mobile devices have similar components and navigation. Once you learn one system, you can usually apply that knowledge to a new device. Before you use or purchase a computer or mobile device, have a general understanding.

4/6: Why Software and Apps Matter

​You probably don't realize you are using software and apps every day. Here are some examples. Do you do any of the following on your computer or mobile device?

5/6: Why Online Skills Matter

Online (or "web literacy") skills help you in your work and personal life. In fact, the Internet and Web seem to be everywhere. Here are some examples of places you may use online skills.

6/6: Why Networking and Cloud Technologies Matter

​Cloud computing is great because it is convenient and offers a great deal of flexibility. There are a few things to consider when using the cloud. Click here for more information.