The need for the development of ICT is a global resolution and has been a subject of great significance to all humankind. These technologies have become central to contemporary societies. Whether one is talking on the phone, sending an email, going to the bank, using a library, watching the news on television, working in an office or the field, going to the doctor, driving a car or catching a plane, one is using ICTs. Information and Communication Technology is a shorthand for the computers, software, networks, satellite links and related systems that allow people to access, analyse, create, exchange and use data, information and knowledge in ways that were almost unimaginable fifty years ago. The prevalence and rapid development of ICTs has transformed society from the information technology age to the knowledge age.
To meet the demands of employers and for the sake of their own life skills and personal development, university graduates are now expected to be able to use ICT confidently and critically for work, leisure, learning and communication. While most undergraduates may appear comfortable with technology, at least where such things as mobile phones and Facebook are concerned, we cannot assume they understand how to use it in an academic or professional setting. A relatively high proportion of students enter higher education institutions with a low level of ICT skills.
As with second languages, the old saying holds true: the sooner children learn to use and understand basic ICT skills, the better.
Private schools are usually free to choose the best educational material available. International and bilingual schools usually use our graded English edition for non-native speakers. Public schools that can choose different curricula from what their Ministry is providing. Public schools through custom projects with ministries in the students’ native languages. Language schools and summer schools can use the English edition as extra practice for their students’ language skills.
For the Digital Kids series we do not use numbers but names for each level: Starter, Explorer, Racer, Flyer, Genius, and Expert.
Our suggestion is Digital Kids Starter for Primary Grade 1, Explorer for Grade 2, Racer for Grade 3, Flyer for Grade 4, Genius for Grade 5, and Expert for Grade 6. However, depending on the level of the students and the specific requirements of the school or the Ministry of Education, students can use one level up or down of the Digital Kids series. Alternatively, they can start from the Explorer, Racer or Flyer book. For example, they may start directly using Digital Kids Racer in primary grade 3 skipping the previous two books.
With the use of our Computing and ICT spiral curriculum and the “Do you remember” revision sections in each book, the teacher can effectively cover all educational needs.
The Digital Teens should be taught starting from Level 1 upwards. The material covered in each level is too extensive to cover through revision page