Digital literacy is all about understanding digital technologies and digital devices. The digital devices and technologies make your assignment and homework more productive and convenient and enable you to climb the ladder of success. Today's, web-based and mobile technologies are widely used in education in order to make learning more intriguing and engaging for children's. It has been seen that students grasp things more quickly in technology-based atmospheres. Thus, most schools or colleges have adopted computer-based learning techniques so as to keep students abreast with digital trends.
Computers have provided completely new medium for literacy (writing and reading). Digital literacy has led to great increases in information that can be quickly and conveniently accessed and facilitates the sharing and collaboration of knowledge. Word processing is now the standard for writing and there has been global uptake of e-mail and usage of the WWW (World Wide Web). In addition websites like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, all speak to digital literacy leading to better global contribution in literacy. There is now the potential for global access to skills, knowledge and an interest in creating more multi-literacy and multilingual online environments as digital technologies facilitate intercultural and global exchange. The computer and mobiles has become a part of global education and business culture, to this end digital literacy has a direct effect on nation's economy. ‘...digital literacy is so closely connected to the traditional association of democratic and literacy rights, as well as to more particular notions of e-government.' (Dobson & Willinsky, 2009). Dobson and Willinsky have been very straight forward that in considering digital literacy and its significance we must also be cognizant of the digital divide.
When discussing the digital divide it is helpful to have a understanding or definition of what this term means. The term is often used to explain the differences in access to ICTs. First mentions of the digital divide "appeared about 1995, in documents such as ‘Falling through the net'" (Gutierrez & Gamboa 2008). The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) "explain the divide as the ‘gap between individuals, households, geographic and business areas at different socio-economic levels with regards to their chances to access communication and information technologies and to their use for a wide variety of nations'" (Gutierrez & Gamboa 2008). It is vital to understand that the digital divide is extremely difficult and is a dynamic concept. Let us see the contributions of digital literacy and technology in the field of education-
Information available online-
Several schools or colleges now update vital information online. The advent of digital technology has enabled tutors to give instruction, study materials, course information and guidance in a web-based atmosphere. Now, students can simply download their course curriculum, study material and other vital information from their college or school websites.
Streamlined and useful learning delivery-
Many educational institutes and schools have designed their learning module as per the current needs of learners. Now, educators can deliver notes and lectures online to children's from any location and at any time. In addition to this, students can also play the recorded notes or lectures and revise the significant sessions as many times as they want.
Enforcing creativity in college or school assignments-
The computer provides many applications and programs that allow students to learn and explore new things. By using MS PowerPoint, college or school students can make their assignments and notes more informative and lively. Besides, they can learn to present their assignments and homework more innovatively, which will certainly assist them in their overall development.
Whether you search for new course information and exam results, everything is available online to students. Most colleges and schools update examinations results and new course information on their sites in a timely manner. Thus, students can simply get information through their computer, smart phones and tablets. They don't need to visit the school or college to get the information.
Technology based education programs are designed to facilitate learning for large number of students spread across the world. Students seeking significant certifications or courses can opt for online programs and can fulfill their learning requirements. They can virtually complete a course and can get certification from a recognized college or university.