Digital Literacy Standards


Digital Literacy is “the interest, attitude and ability of individuals to appropriately use digital technology and communication tools to access, manage, integrate, analyze and evaluate information, construct new knowledge, create and communicate with others in order to participate effectively in society”.

Basic elements of this definition include:

  • Participation
  • Access
  • Integration
  • Analysis
  • Evaluation
  • Management
  • Creation
  • Communication
  • Empowerment

Many organizations use different terms such as ICT (information and communication technology) standards, educational technology standards and others; we view these terms as synonymous with digital literacy standards.

Development of Standards

A group of B.C. educational leaders have begun identifying digital literacy standards for our learners. These standards identify the knowledge and skills learners need to be successful in the 21st century. The group’s goal was also to identify how to better use technology as a teaching and learning tool.

The Draft B.C. Digital Literacy Standards grid is an overview of the proposed digital literacy standards for B.C. and links to samples that illustrates the standards in classrooms.

Draft Profiles for Technology Literate Students (PDF , 300KB)

We invite you to look over the work of the group. We welcome your comments and feedback on the BC Education Plan Engagement website.