Technological Literacy in Secondary Education
Although not easy to define, it seems that the term technological literacy has become a part of the human vocabulary in recent years. As a member of the committee designated by the Board of education, I have formulated a good approach to address the gray area of this term’s definition. The definitions of some credible sources can help shape this definition and combine these ideas for a more general, but concrete definition of the term technological literacy for secondary education. For defining technological literacy we can not only define it in the context of technological literacy in the secondary educational arena, but emphasize on the importance of technological literacy. Here we can narrow down the definition from a broader one, being the importance of technological literacy on the basis of understanding the tools of technology in an ever changing, technologically and advanced nation. We can expand this notion to include: exposure, sources and accessibility, society, and age group, and demographics concerning secondary education. These are the factors that will make up our definition of technological literacy in secondary education.
First of all it is important to define the tools of technological literacy by narrowing down what it could include for secondary education. According to the International reading association states that,
“Students who graduate from secondary school…encounter the literacies demanded by a wide variety of information and communication technologies (ICTs): Web logs (blogs), word processors, video editors, World Wide Web browsers, Web editors, e-mail, spreadsheets, presentation software, instant messaging, plug-ins for Web resources, listservs, bulletin boards, avatars, virtual worlds, and many others.” (International reading association 2006).
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