What is technology literacy?

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An essay on 21st Century literacy

Tech Tonic's "Ten Principles for a New Literacy of Technology"

1. Slow down: honor the developmental needs of children.

2. With adolescents, teach technology as social ethics in action, with technical skills in a supporting role.

3. Relationships with the real world come first.

4. Technology is not destiny; its design and use flow from human choices.

5. Choice implies limits—and the option to say “no.”

6. Those affected by technological choices deserve a voice in making them.

7. Use tools and technologies with mindfulness.

8. To teach technology literacy, become technologically literate.

9. Honor the precautionary principle: When uncertain, err on the side of caution.
  • Ask tough questions about long-term consequences.
  • Make time, space, and silence for reflection.
  • Responsibility grows from humility.
  • Be resourceful with the tools you already have.

10. Respect the sacredness of life in all its diversity.