According to Josie Fraser, digital literacy involves digital tool knowledge, critical thinking and social engagement (The Guardian, para.1, 2012). While I agree that these are all elements of digital literacy, my definition is somewhat different.
I would define digital literacy as the knowledge of a variety of digital technologies, their appropriate applications, and the ethical ways in which to utilise them.
While many of todays students are ‘digital natives’ who know how to work various digital technologies, many do not know to use them in an effective and ethical manner. I believe that this element of digital literacy is an important one to integrate into learning and teaching, particularly at a secondary level.
20 ways of thinking about digital literacy in higher education The Guardian Newspaper. Tuesday 15 May 2012.