Enhancing learning and teaching through the use of digital technology

National strategy to ensure all learners and educators are able to benefit from digital technology in their education.

Annex A: Glossary of Digital Terms

Digital technology is the term used to describe those digital applications, services and resources which are used to find, analyse, create, communicate, and use information in a digital context.

Digital learning is learning which is supported and enhanced by a range of digital technologies and approaches. It can focus on one or more particular technologies. It may focus on classroom use or anywhere-anytime access. It may include features and approaches that are used to develop independent learners.

Digital literacy encompasses the capabilities required for living, learning and working in a digital society. It includes the skills, knowledge, capabilities and attributes around the use of digital technology which enable individuals to develop to their full potential in relation to learning, life and work. It encompasses the skills to use technology to engage in learning through managing information, communicating and collaborating, problem-solving and being creative, and the appropriate and responsible use of technology.

Digital skills embrace a spectrum of skills in the use and creation of digital material, from basic digital literacy, through problem solving and computational thinking to the application of more specialist computing science knowledge and skills.

Digital teaching means educators providing and supporting enhanced learning opportunities through use of digital technologies.

Digital tools and services are the online tools and services such as apps, websites and games that can be used by educators to enhance learning and teaching in all curriculum areas. An example of digital tools and services are those that can be accessed by educators and learners in Glow.

Digital infrastructure refers to the infrastructure that supports the use of the internet, digital content, digital hardware and digital software and allows them all to work together.

Digital access refers to the ability of learners and educators to access digital hardware, software, tools, services and/or the internet for the purpose of enhancing and supporting education.

Digital assessment/e-assessment refers to the use of digital technology to conduct the whole or part of a learner's formative and/or summative assessment.


Email: Russell Cockburn, russell.cockburn@gov.scot

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