As a society we are facing unprecedented challenges – social, economic and environmental – driven by accelerating globalization and a faster rate of technological developments. At the same time, those forces are providing us with a myriad of new opportunities for human advancement.
In a world that is technologically driven, we need to adapt our lifestyle and develop our ability to confront the challenges and embrace the opportunities offered by the digital life. To be able to navigate through the digital environment effectively, people would need to develop a new set of competencies, a new type of intelligence that combines research, knowledge and the ability to safely and effectively interact.
Digital Intelligence (DQ) Framework has been defined by the DQ Institute as a “comprehensive set of technical, cognitive, meta-cognitive, and socio-emotional competencies that are grounded in universal moral values and that enable individuals to face the challenges and harness the opportunities of digital life”. They allow people to not just use a computer or smart phone successfully, but to also deal with modern digital challenges such as identify theft, screen addiction, online privacy, and the spread of digital misinformation.
- Overarching concept that encompasses digital literacy, skills, and readiness
- Common language, systemic structure, and taxonomy created by aggregating over 25 leading frameworks on digital competencies worldwide
- Systematic structure built on the OECD Education 2030 Learning Framework that enables flexible national and organizational adoption and customization
- Built to enhance global agendas, such as OECD’s 11 areas of well-being, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
As a school, we believe we have a responsibility towards preparing our young students for the 21st century and empowering them to embrace the opportunities offered by the digital environment while being responsible digital citizens. Recognition of the Digital intelligence platforms is estimated to expand the scope of teaching and learning in the 21st century and touch all aspects of a student’s life, from personal social identities to the use of technology, critical for daily digital lives and later careers.
At Vienna International School we have built a highly learnable Digital Abilities Curriculum based on the DQ framework in order to ensure that our students build the skills, competencies and attitudes according to their age. Developing Digital Intelligence from an early age is essential for children to develop the sense of a digital citizenship as soon as taking their first steps in the digital world.
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