In a world of instant communication and open access to ideas and information Lindisfarne College has identified the value in using new technologies as a valued tool in the toolbox of teaching and learning.

Digital skills are critical for enabling growth for New Zealand, not just in the ICT, high-tech and digital sectors, but for all sectors of the economy. When you consider that the tech sector is New Zealand’s fastest growing industry and a significant contributor to the economy, it is important that we give our students the skills to excel in this area.

Digital Skills  - What are they and Why are they important?

Digital skills are the skills needed to find, evaluate, utilize, share and create content using information technologies and the Internet. Digital skills can be basic, such as the ability to use email or online banking, through to more advanced skills such as programming. As many services move online, basic digital literacy skills are now required by the entire population. These skills are needed to carry out essential functions such as digital communication or basic internet searches in a secure way. Because of this, the House of Lords in the United Kingdom recently stated that digital skills should be treated with the same importance as numeracy and literacy.

Advanced digital skills are those needed to control and create with digital technologies. These skills include software programming, developing algorithms, managing and analysing large amounts of data, implementing and managing digital hardware and networks, and cyber security.

No matter what industry our students intend to go into, digital technology is beginning to make an impact and we need to prepare our students for the future.