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4.2.2.2 Implications for Policy and Practice

  • Teachers should recognise that children come to school with a variety of experiences and competences with digital technology. It should not be assumed they automatically have acquired particular skills outside the school setting.
  • Children should be encouraged and supported in the development of digital literacy practices that are safe, ethical and advantageous.
  • Schools should have a clear and comprehensive policy on the use of social media and portable devices. Currently there is a great divide between those schools that encourage this media and those than ban it.
  • Children’s progress in digital literacy should be monitored and assessed to ensure individual progress.
  • Schools should integrate Open Educational Resources into the curriculum to encourage openness and to educate children in an awareness of copyright and sharing resources online
  • Digital tools should also be integrated into opportunities for teachers’ professional development.
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