Digital Literacy Program at St. Thomas College, Bhilai
Keeping in mind the vision of the college regarding capacity building of the students to face the challenges of the modern world with a competitive spirit, St. Thomas College extends it further to include the pupils in the immediate vicinity. The definition of literacy underwent a change from ability to read & write to that of comprehension. It has now evolved to digital literacy which encompasses ability to navigate the online space to access information & opportunities. It has become a valuable tool for lifelong learning.
Taking the spirit forward, the institution works towards empowering students to embrace the digital revolution. It joined in the Digital India campaign of the Government of India with the objective of taking the technology to the common man. It conducted digital literacy programs for school students in its local community.
The college organized a digital literacy program “Learning with fun” for students of Government Middle School, Ruabandha. The program included classes on basics of computer followed by computer practical session. It included lessons on use of basic computer applications- Word, Excel, E-mail, PowerPoint presentation, Notepad & printer; internet browsing skills-bookmarks, safe downloading & browsing history; maintaining files & folders and basic handling of software & hardware- antivirus, internet connection, downloading & installing software. They were also made to understand the need for firewalls, security settings & protection from spam & malware.
In addition to the activity on computer literacy focusing on enhancing the ability to use technology efficiently, students were taught how to use digital tools to create e-content; access, & share information and communicate in the digital space.
The senior students gave useful tips to the youngsters about staying safe online and advised them not to share personal information, thus ensuring e-safety. They were also encouraged to think critically ðically while they are online. They were cautioned not to fall prey to fake news & covert advertising and advised to act responsibly & fight against cyber-bullying. They also suggested ways in which the school students could use technology to expand their learning opportunities. They motivated them to move beyond just Googling an answer and rather try to understand the reason behind it.