The “Digital Pakt” is – presumably – the initial spark for a new era in Germany’s schools. We need people who can explain how to use smartphones, tablets, computers and the Internet in a responsible way. Because today’s schoolchildren are tomorrow’s citizens – and this future will be shaped more than ever by digitization. Here are my seven reasons why we need to teach digital literacy from primary school onwards!
- Our society needs digital literacy: Anyone who wants to make socially responsible decisions and act in a digital world must understand and use new technologies – and do so from an early age in a responsible and enlightened way. Digital addiction, cyberbullying, fake news & co. are topics that concern us all. Knowledge and awareness of these issues are important if we are to enjoy the benefits of digitisation – as responsible citizens in an increasingly digital world. To do this, we need digitally literate teachers and curricula that integrate digital: Digital literacy should be built in every school subject. In addition, a socio-cultural debate among classmates should be facilitated – about dealing with data, algorithms, surveillance and Co.
- Digitization creates equal opportunities: Those who learn how to use digital media at school gain access to an almost immeasurable treasure trove of knowledge. In this way, digitisation is an enabler like no other: those who find their way around the digital world have access to better education and better jobs – in addition to normal school education.
- Digitization is the basis for innovation: Digital change is the basis for future innovation in the economy. After all, developments will primarily take place in the digital age in the future. To achieve this, we need people who not only use digital technology, but also, and above all, design it.
- Digitization supports integration: In the age of globalization, integration is crucial, because globalization is increasingly shaping our entire society. Digital media can help because they help people learn exactly what they need. This makes learning more effective and as individual as possible.
- Digitization is the future of rural areas: In times of dramatic migration to large cities, many dream of deceleration and rural life. And even if the WLAN is up and running, location-independent working is easier than ever before. In the future, the success of a region will increasingly be measured by its degree of digitization.
- Digitalization is strengthening social interaction: The Internet can be used to implement strong, fast campaigns on the important social issues of our time quickly and worldwide. At the push of a button, organizations that do good can reach huge crowds. BetterPlace, Ashoka and Co. are already leading the way.
- Digitalization creates a new world of work: collaborative, digital processes and agile working: New Work is another way of working. The skills must be taught as early as possible. A concrete example at school: the “flipped classroom” model.