What is Computer Literacy?

Computer literacy is defined as the following: Skill in using productivity software such as: Word processors, spreadsheets, database management systems, and presentation software. However, it can also be expanded to any type of software or hardware knowledge. 

Business Dictionary defines Computer literacy as “[A] Level of familiarity with the basic hardware and software (and now Internet) concepts that allows one to use personal computers for data entry, word processing, spreadsheets, and electronic communications.”

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Using video editing, music creation, text editors, and image editor software are also examples of computer literacy. It takes years of practice to be good, or even sufficient, at using these programs. Their learning curve is so great that there are many tutorials online and knowledgeable people who focus solely on training. 

One can also argue that collaboration tools and the Internet are examples of computer literacy. They take understanding and they require extra decision making on the behalf of the user. It all takes skills, skills that must be learned. Just like speaking and reading.

The ability to identify parts that fit into a computer, the hardware, is similar to identifying parts of a sentence; The user can understand language because it’s been ingrained since a young age. Similarly,  a person that builds computers understands where parts fit together and what needs to work together to make the entire machine run.

Computer literacy is becoming so important in the current and future ways we will do business. Phones now can handle everything laptops can, they can compete with desktops in basic functionality. It is crucial that students going into the real world understand that just knowing about a computer isn’t enough, they need to know how to use it effectively.

Question: Literacy is defined as the ability to read and write. How does that relate to computers? How does it or does it not affect your daily life? Leave me a comment.

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