The Academy aims to develop students’ critical thinking skills through Digital Literacy (DL), which are essential when they’re confronted with so much information in different formats—searching, sifting, evaluating, applying, and producing information all require you to think critically.
Digital Literacy (DL) means having the skills you need to live, learn, and work in a society where communication and access to information are increasingly provided through digital technologies like the internet, social media, and mobile devices.
Students also need practical skills in using technology to access, manage, manipulate, and create information in an ethical and sustainable way. It’s a continual learning process because of constant new apps and updates, but their future selves will thank them if they keep their digital lives organized!
Our digitally literal students:
- Possess the variety of skills—both technical and cognitive—required to find, understand, evaluate, create, and communicate digital information in a wide variety of formats;
- Are able to use diverse technologies appropriately and effectively to retrieve information, interpret results, and judge the quality of that information;
- Understand the relationship between technology, life-long learning, personal privacy, and ownership of information;
- Use these skills and the appropriate technology to communicate and collaborate with peers, colleagues, family, and, on occasion, the general public; and
- Use these skills to actively participate in civic society and contribute to a vibrant, informed, and engaged community.