DIGITAL LITERACY IS A MUST FOR EVERYONE!

Digital Literacy is important. Before, we get down to why it is important, we must understand the meaning of Digital Literacy.

Digital Literacy means having the skills one needs to live, learn, and work in a society where communication and access to information is increasingly through digital technologies such as internet platforms, social media, and mobile devices.

Digital Literacy is important because it helps to make our daily lives easier. If one is digitally literate, one does not need to take a day off to visit the bank or run to the shop every time we need something or even wait in line for hours to be able to book a train ticket. These little and yet important tasks can now be done online from anywhere using smart devices. Paying bills online, shopping etc helps us to save a lot of time and energy and ensures efficiency.

During the pandemic especially, with schools, colleges, offices, companies, organisations, and institutes, shops and restaurants switching to online mode, each one of us has experienced the importance of and the need for digital literacy. In today’s world, with everything being done virtually, it becomes even more crucial for us to have digital knowledge and skills.

While we do understand the importance of Digital Literacy, we as a society need to come together and promote access to digital literacy amongst underprivileged communities. Access to internet, possession of smart phones and laptops, work from home, attending school and college from home is still a luxury for many. NIIT Foundation, a non-for-profit organisation offers digital literacy courses for students from underprivileged backgrounds. Since the pandemic, NIIT Foundation has been offering career courses including digital literacy courses through a Learning Management System where students can attend classes in both an online and offline mode to ensure that learning can happen from anywhere at their convenient time.

To ensure that learning does not stop for anyone and for each one of us to benefit from the advantages of technology, we must work together to promote a digital inclusive society.

 

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It seems that only fragments of the original text remain in the Lorem Ipsum texts used today. One may speculate that over the course of time certain letters were added or deleted at various positions within the text. This might also explain why one can now find slightly different versions. Due to the age of the Lorem Ipsum text there are no copyright issues to contend with.

In the 1960s, the text suddenly became known beyond the professional circle of typesetters and layout designers when it was used for Letraset sheets (adhesive letters on transparent film, popular until the 1980s) Versions of the text were subsequently included in DTP programmes such as PageMaker etc.

The spread of computers and layout programmes thus made dummy text better known. While in earlier times several lines of the Lorem Ipsum text were repeated in the creation of dummy texts, today the full text of Cicero’s ‘De finibus’ serves as the basis for many dummy text or Lorem Ipsum generators. Based on ‘De finibus’, these generators automatically create longer sections of the Lorem Ipsum text or various other filler texts.

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