Today, technology is everywhere, and digital literacy is a core competency needed to succeed in most careers. It is not only essential to teach our children how to become makers of technology but most importantly how to navigate the cyberspace safely and responsibly. That is why, here at ADA, technology is an essential component of our educational framework.
We expose students to the basics of coding and computer science starting from elementary school and building upon it through the years. In addition to the computer science skills they develop, students develop interdisciplinary problem-solving, logic, structural, and computational thinking skills.
The digital world indeed has a lot of benefits. It is a vast space of learning, and it allows us to keep in touch with our friends and family. However, this same world also exposes our children to its dangerous facets such as cyberbullying, technology addiction, obscenity and abuse, violence, radicalization, fraud and data theft. That is why our ICT teachers have found it critical to equip our kids with digital intelligence so that they can totally reap the benefits of technology while avoiding its dangers. To do that, using the resources provided by DQWORLD, we equip them with the following set of skills:
- Digital citizen identity: the ability to build and manage a healthy identity online and offline with integrity
- Screen time management: the ability to manage one’s screen time, multitasking, and one’s engagement in online games and social media with self-control
- Cyberbullying management: the ability to detect situations of cyberbullying and handle them wisely
- Cybersecurity management: the ability to protect one’s data by creating strong passwords and to manage various cyberattacks
- Privacy management: the ability to handle with discretion all personal information shared online to protect one’s and others’ privacy
- Critical thinking: the ability to distinguish between true and false information, good and harmful content, and trustworthy and questionable contacts online
- Digital footprints: The ability to understand the nature of digital footprints and their real-life consequences and to manage them responsibly
- Digital empathy: the ability to show empathy towards one’s own and others’ needs and feelings online