Madras College

Digital Literacy

Digital literacy is about being a digital citizen - a person who is responsible for how they use technology to interact with the world around them. Digital technology, such as computers and mobile phones, allows people to communicate with family, friends and work colleagues.  In the workplace it allows people to conduct research, collaborate on projects and create new and innovative products.

Digital literacy is also about the ability to use information and communication technologies to

  • Create information
  • Find information
  • Evaluate information
  • Communicate information

This requires the digital citizen to have

  • Communication and collaboration skills
  • Creativity, innovation and research skills
  • Critical Thinking and Evaluation skills 
    • Problem solving skills
    • Analytical skills
  • Planning skills
  • Data and Information Literacy skills
  • ICT skills

Skills are things you learn, that help you do other things. 

You might pick them up through work, study or activities you do in your spare time. If you are able to recognise and talk about your skills, you will find it easier to work out what you can do and what you want to do in the future. 

And when you're applying for jobs, they will be the things that convince employers that you're the right person for the job.


Courses in the Technologies Faculty throughout S1 to S3 embed Digital Literacy to enable pupils to explore and use the features of a range of digital technologies, integrated software and online resources to determine the most appropriate to solve problems. Pupils will use digital technologies to search, access and retrieve information.  Pupils will learn the ICT skills necessary to use the most appropriate software tools to capture, create and process data to present information and collaborate with others.