Technology Literacy Definitions
NYS Technology Literacy is defined as:
- The understanding of the concepts behind computing equipment, network connectivity, and application software;
- The skills to responsibly use appropriate technology to access, synthesize, evaluate, communicate, and create information to solve problems and improve learning in all subject areas; and
- The ability to acquire new knowledge for on-going and lifelong learning in the 21st century global workplace.
Technology literate students should be able to 1) demonstrate understanding of concepts underlying hardware, software, networking connectivity and in use of computers and applications, 2); demonstrate understanding of ethics and safety issues in using electronic media and responsible use of technology, and, 3) use technology for communication, research and collaboration and problem-solving. With proficient technology skills, students should be able to locate, collect, synthesize, and evaluate information from a variety of digital sources, and to use telecommunications and other media to interact or collaborate with peers, experts, and other audiences.
NY State Basic Education Data System (BEDS) requires information on computer literacy for federal reporting. For more information click here.
Definitions of Technology, Media or ICT Literacy by Others
- ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)
- Technology Literacy for the Nation and for Its Citizens
- NETS-S (National Educational Technology Standards for students) Nets for students 2007 | Student Profiles (269KB) | Essential Conditions (43KB)
- SETDA (State Educational Technology Directors Association)
Definition Matrix of Various Technology related Literacy
This matrix briefly explains different foci between Technology Literacy, Information Literacy, Media Literacy, and other technololgy related literacies.