What is digital literacy? There are a number of definitions, however, a strong definition is that it is the ability to creatively and critically use digital tools and technologies to express yourself, research, communicate, collaborate and share. At Southfields we give opportunities for children to develop and refine computer life skills such as typing, word processing, data handling, creating and editing pictures, as well as creative computing skills to help them make their own movies, animations, create comics, compose music and more!
What is a computer?
A computer is a type of machine. It doesn’t have a brain like us and it can’t think or have ideas, but it can follow stored instructions and do lots of useful things.
Wherever we go there seem to be computers. At the doctor's, in the supermarket, even in the cars driving around!
So how are computers used in everyday places?
What is the internet?
The internet is made of computers connected to each other around the world.
Words and pictures can be sent from one computer to another. You can look at words and pictures from a computer on the other side of the world.
When you use websites and some apps, you are using the internet.
How do digital images work?
A digital image is a picture that is stored on a computer. It has been digitised, which means it has been changed into a sequence of numbers that computers can understand.
There are a few ways you can make a digital image. You could create one in a piece of design software (like Paint or Photoshop), take one on a digital camera or scan one in using a scanner.
What are input and output devices?
An input is data that a computer receives. An output is data that a computer sends. Computers only work with digital information. Any input that a computer receives must be digitised.
Often data has to be converted back to an analogue format when it's output, for example the sound from a computer's speakers.
How do you make video on a computer?
You can record sound and video with a computer, tablet, smartphone or video camera. Recording on a tablet or a mobile phone is very simple as it is easy to carry these around.
There are so many things to film: perhaps you could tell a story, create a diary of your day or make a music video with friends.
How can you write a story on a computer?
Some computers have a separate keyboard and a screen. Tablet computers have a keyboard that is part of the screen. If you wanted to type a story, you could use some 'word processing' software.
When you write using a computer it is easy to fix mistakes and change how the words look too.
Virtual Reality in the classroom
At Southfields Primary we use ClassVR as a means to further our curriculum with the use of VR – Virtual Reality. There’s so much potential for bringing the curriculum to life using virtual and augmented reality experiences, from visiting far-flung corners of the world to holding the human heart in your hands. ClassVR is a versatile platform using the power of Virtual and Augmented Reality for education.