Story: Canada's leading digital literacy organization, Media Awareness Network (MNet), is sounding the alarm that Canada will continue to trail other countries in productivity and innovation unless a national plan for digital literacy is put in place. In its submission to the Government of Canada's consultation on the digital economy, MNet asserts that there is a connection between Canada's declining performance in the digital economy and its failure to develop a digital literacy strategy.
MNet outlines several action items the government needs to take to support digital literacy in Canada, including the immediate steps of:
- creating a taskforce to develop a blueprint for a National Digital Literacy Strategy;
- supporting national research on the digital skills needed by Canadian children and youth; and
- facilitating a summit of key stakeholders to discuss implementation through the education, government, community, and job training sectors.
McGill expert: McGill University Prof. Michael Hoechsmann, Faculty of Education, Department of Integrated Studies in Education