Why Everyone Needs to Become Technologically Literate
The Merriam-Webster definition of literacy is as follows: “able to read and write; having or showing knowledge about a particular subject.” However, just as all definitions must adapt to stay relevant, the meaning of literacy has expanded “beyond the print-only world of reading and writing” to include “the ability to use available symbol systems that are fundamental to learning and teaching” (www.ncte.org and as quoted from Patricia Stock, Professor Emerita, Michigan State University).
Most importantly, literacy is critical in enabling individuals to “participate fully in their community and wider society” (The United Nations’ Plurality of Literacy and its Implications for Policies and Programs).
All of these statements coalesce to form the compelling argument that just knowing how to read and write isn’t enough anymore for individuals to be integrated members of society; the application of these skills to a literacy of technology is the ultimate goal. In the technology-driven world of the present (and future), individuals illiterate in science and technology run the risk of becoming irrelevant.
That isn’t to say that it’s too late to change; more so the opposite. One blog post at a time, we can learn more about the science behind the latest technologies to better understand their impact on our lives and on the business world. So, here’s to no longer feeling outsmarted by our smart phones/keys/houses – here’s to making it some of our business.
More reflections about the meaning of literacy can be found here.
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