Effective digital skills are essential for all teachers and tutors in the Further Education (FE) and Skills Sector. This text brings together important theory and research around digital literacy and outlines what this means for teaching in the sector. It presents a practical guide to the application of digital literacy skills in practice to enhance learning and teaching. It offers FE and Skills teachers and tutors a practical framework, underpinned by the standards through which they can develop their digital literacy skills. The text introduces different types of web-based technologies and explores how they can be used in teaching. It gives guidance on the skills teachers and tutors need to develop and on how they can ensure that their learners focus on these skills too. It also examines issues of digital safety, security and responsibility and how online learning communities can be accessed. It introduces some of the digital devices provided as teaching resources in the FE and skills sector and how these can be used fully to support learning. Finally, it looks at how teachers and tutors can maintain their digital skills going into practice and how continuous reflection can help them enhance their teaching.

Introduction

Introduction

What do We Mean by ‘Digital’?

The meaning of the word ‘digital’ has evolved over the past two decades as the Web and other Internet-connected technologies have become part of everyday life. The word ‘digital’ was originally used to refer to the expression of electronic data as 1s and 0s in computing processes (Oxford English Dictionary, 2014). Predominantly in the 1990s, the word ‘digital’ came to be synonymous with media ...

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