Why 'Technology Literacy' is important?

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  •  You don’t know why technology literacy matter.
  •  You don’t know the benefits of technology literacy.

Hey, welcome! Facing the above issues? if yes, no worries we will discuss the importance of Technology Literacy. And in this article, I'd like to solve these three issues. So I have divided the whole content into the following segments:

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  • Why does technology literacy matter?
  • The benefits of technology literacy.
  • Conclusion

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We already discussed Technology literacy in our previous article, where we clearly mention the exact meaning of technology literacy  It will help you to understand better why these skills matter a lot for you.

So why late, let's start!

Do you know, If you are a good technology literate, you can acquire almost all other skills necessary to explore your passion in this 21st century Perhaps you are thinking how can you do so?

Right???

For becoming future-ready we have to acquire several tech skills but if we don't know how to handle technology then how does it become possible? Today we call this era the technological era. You also heard this. Why is this so? Think practically. We all are spending our maximum time with so many types of technological gadgets ( computers, smartphones, tablets) and platforms (e.g., e-mail, internet, social media, cloud computing). 

For what? 

To smoothen our life, make our life easy. Not only for our daily life but also for our professional careers. 

50% of all employees will need reskilling by 2025, as adoption of technology increases, according to the World Economic Forum's Future of Jobs Report.

 And somehow you have realized that what we are doing in the present, has an impact on our future. So that we should build ourselves in the way that our future is expecting from us. Right?

According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), for making ourselves future-ready and coping with the speed of the World we should adopt 21st-century soft skills (creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, information literacy, media literacy, etc) which we have already discussed in our previous article if not, don't be late. READ NOW

And in this article, we will discuss one of the soft skills TECHNOLOGY LITERACY which is an urgency skill for the 21st century. As we know, in our previous article where we have clearly explained what the meaning of technology literacy is. Now we proceed to the main topic: The importance of technology literacy for students.

Importance of technology literacy skills

We are in an elective democracy, where science and technology will define where the economically strong countries in the world will be. And science and technological literacy is important for security, as well.

-Neil deGrasse Tyson

1. Make you a better problem solver

As we know, today machines are performing faster than humans in all possible ways, though we have built them. But machines are not more competent in originality, critical thinking, lateral thinking, problem-solving, etc. than humans. So today humans should make themselves better at problem-solving. So that we can avoid future threats from machines. And it is more possible with technologies. So we can say that technology is making us better at problem-solving.

2. Improving Decision Making

The world is full of products and services that promise to make people’s lives easier, more enjoyable, more efficient, or healthier, and more and more of these products appear every year. At the same time, technological literacy prepares you to make well-informed choices in your role as a consumer. By means of which you can improve your decision-making as a smart consumer. Today’s technology is just improving your buying experiences. Today you can buy anything you wish, by just sitting at your home. In the future, you may buy everything by checking its quality, color, smell, etc. with the help of XR technologies.

3. Boost engagement

Before industry 4.0, students have consumed learning content manually. But in Industry 4.0, students are using various digital platforms. Today’s content creators are using various technologies to create more engaging content. You are learning animated content today, powered by various technologies like graphic designing, web designing, data science, big data, artificial intelligence, etc. But in the future, maybe generation alpha is going to learn with the help of XR technologies. Which will be more engaging and impactful.

4. Developing expertise

Students who are developing tech skills now are moving silently ahead of their competition. Technology enables children to flourish in today’s society. From artificial intelligence to robotics learning they all acquire skills with the help of technology literacy.

In a world of accessible information, knowing the right answer is less important than knowing the right question to ask. 

So we can say that technology literacy is a mindset which encourages you to break down complex problems into more manageable stuff. This is a skill that is increasingly demanded at leading universities and also in high-skilled professions.

5. Less frustration, more relaxation

With the advancement of different cutting edge technologies like artificial intelligence, quantum computing, big data, robotics, etc, today we feel less frustrated. Content creators are producing content very easily. We as a consumer, gain information at a hyper customization level. It just gives us more relaxation. For example, back in the 19s, you had to search so many things online, for getting a particular piece of information. But today, search engines are getting better and more developed, you can easily get the required information very easily, by just searching it in your favorite search engine.

6. Develop leadership quality

In this 21st century, without technology literacy skills it's difficult to achieve our goals. every student should know the importance of technology literacy. Don't think that technology skills mean adopting all skills, not at all, but through these skills build confidence to manage all works, quickly acquire urgency skills which are needed to solve academic problems. This will help to build the courage to fix problems. And no doubt a problem solver and quick learner lead society as well as the nation for future growth.

7. Future-proof your career

Practically speaking, every industry is just booming with different kinds of cutting-edge technologies ranging from artificial intelligence to XR technologies. At a similar pace, almost all careers are disrupting. So in this generation, if you keep yourself outdated, not aware of future technologies, how can you cope with the world? Just think! So to make yourself future proof, you must have the necessary technological literacy.

8. Becoming an all-rounder

Yes, you read it right. If you become a good technology literate then you have more possibility of exploring almost all fields of learning, very easily. Let me explain, suppose you have knowledge on how to handle technology, how to manage, access, use it. It gives confidence and courage to acquire one skill related to technology and apply them as per your need. Since all fields of learning are empowered by the latest technologies, having technological literacy will give you a better opportunity. 

Perhaps, you have understood the importance of technology literacy skills for students in this 21st century.

Lastly, but not at least we can say

Hope this article gives you a general idea about the importance of technology literacy. Here we have discussed the importance of technology literacy in workplaces. This article was just for your basic understanding. In the coming articles, we will discuss it more. So stay tuned with Chatshala. Have a good time!

21ST CENTURY SOFT SKILLS

In this 21st century, developing and enhancing human skills and capabilities through education, learning and meaningful work are key drivers of economic success, of individual well-being and societal cohesion. The global shift to a future of work is defined by an ever-expanding cohort of new technologies, by new sectors and markets, by global economic systems that are more interconnected than in any other point in history, and by information that travels fast and spreads wide. Yet the past decade of technological advancement has also brought about the looming possibility of mass job displacement, untenable skills shortages and a competing claim to the unique nature of human intelligence now challenged by artificial intelligence. This revolution is known as the ‘Fourth Industrial revolution’.  So we can predict that the coming decade will require a ‘purposeful leadership’ to arrive at a future of work that fulfils human potential and creates broadly shared prosperity. That is why OECD Education directorate explains the need of these 21st century skills as-

 

Today, because of rapid economic and social change, schools have to prepare students for jobs that have not yet been created, technologies that have not yet been invented, and problems that we don't yet know will arise.” 

With the onset of the 21st century, the entire world has witnessed an era of intense transformation in all areas, whether it is education, global trade and economy, technology or society. Recently, the covid-19 pandemic is also throwing up challenges for an individual to cope with its impacts. Naturally, for such times, a different skill set is required that would enable an individual to cope-up and succeed in facing the challenges in real-life, leading to his holistic progress. These skills are addressed as 21st Century Skills. 

21st century soft skills can be broadly classified into three main categories - 

  • Learning Skills
  • Literacy Skills
  • Life Skills

Learning skills are the skills required for the acquisition of new knowledge. These are ‘Critical Thinking’, ‘Creative Thinking’, ‘Collaboration’ and ‘Communication’ skills. 

Literacy skills are the skills that help in creating and gaining new knowledge and abilities through reading, media and digital resources. These are ‘Information Literacy’, ‘Media Literacy’, ‘Technology Literacy’ and ‘Financial Literacy’.

Life skills are the skills required for successfully leading everyday life in this century. These are  ‘Flexibility’, ‘Leadership’, ‘Initiative’, ‘Productivity’ and ‘Social skills’. 

  • Critical Thinking: It is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action.
  • Creative Thinking: It is a skill that lets you consider things from a fresh perspective and different angles. It's an inventive thought process that results in surprising conclusions and new ways of doing things. Or we can say that it is a way to develop novel or unorthodox solutions that do not depend wholly on past or current solutions.
  • Collaboration: It is all about working together, towards a common goal.
  • Communication: It is the act of thinking about what we wish to say before uttering words, of organizing the thoughts we wish others to hear and discuss so they will result in appropriate action.
  • Information Literacy: It is that skillset which equips them with the critical skills necessary to become lifelong learners. 
  • Media Literacy: It is our awareness regarding our mediated environment or consumption of mass communication. It is our ability to responsibly comprehend, access, and use mass communication in our personal and professional lives.
  • Technology Literacy: It is the ability to use, manage, understand, and assess technology. 
  • Finance Literacy: It is the ability to understand and effectively use various financial skills, including personal financial management, budgeting, and investing. 
  • Flexibility Skill: It is a personality trait that describes the extent to which someone can cope with changes in circumstances and think about problems and tasks in a novel in creative ways. 
  • Leadership Skill: Leadership is an influence of personal Power that creates progressively advancing communities towards the common purpose.
  • Initiative Skill: It is the ability to do work without being told what to do.
  • Productivity Skill: It is the ability to work efficiently in a specific period of time and produce a better output as compared to your input. 
  • Social Skills: These are the skills we use every day to interact and communicate with others.

So it is highly recommended for both our current and new generations to become efficient in 21st century soft skills. But Gen Z and ɑ are not aware of this. So We as ‘Chatshala’ are here to enable your cerebral capacities and rejuvenate your potential to explore more to face the challenges of this century by making your ‘passion to profession’ journey more adventurous and joyful. We wish you all the very best!

LEARNING SKILLS: 

LITERACY SKILLS

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