Lords say digital skills will make or break the UK

Yesterday, on the 17th February 2015, the House of Lords published an important report entitled Make or Break: The UK’s Digital Future. It states that the UK is at a tipping point. The country is not addressing its significant digital skills shortage and an incoming Government urgently needs to resolve this. In particular, it reported:

  • Skills – the UK population needs to learn the right skills for the future. The report found that at all ages, from primary to secondary, to further and higher education, there is a significant s gap in digital skills education.
  • Schools – make digital literacy a third core subject. The report recommends that digital literacy should be taught as a core subject alongside numeracy and literacy. While the Committee welcomed the new computing curriculum, it was concerned about who was going to teach it, as many teachers are not confident or equipped to deliver relevant digital skills.
  • Internet – view the internet as important as a utility. The report urges a culture shift on how we view the Internet; it should now be defined as a utility, available to all. The Committee found it unacceptable that there are still urban areas experiencing Internet ‘not-spots’, where broadband infrastructure is non-existent.

Digital literacy is defined as, “the ability to find, evaluate, utilise, share, and create content using information technologies and the Internet.” In other words, it’s intimately bound up with schools’ use of the Internet, the Web and cloud services. If digital literacy is the learning outcome, then the Internet is the medium. This begs the question, how do schools use the Internet to achieve digital literacy for teachers and students?

Airhead is designed, from the ground up, to be a framework for the delivery of digital literacy in schools. As a cloud desktop available on any device, it supports open access to cloud and Web services in a simple and intuitive manner. Any teacher or student, no matter what their starting point, will find that Airhead is the perfect scaffolding to support them in their ascent to digital master. View Airhead’s key features.

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