Digital Literacy Program for Pre-School Children
Digital technology: 'Ready or not, here we come'.
We live in a digital era, an era where information is just at the tip of the fingers. There is no geography boundaries, and no fine lines between a user and a designer. Today, digital technology is synonym to human, regardless of their age and nationality. Thanks to the advancements in human-computer-interaction technology, digital devices has never been more user friendly that it is today. Take a smartphone for example, its usability is almost intuitive - even a child would be able to use it.
So, what does digital literacy mean to a pre-schooler?
Does being 'digitally literate' means these children should involve actively in the digital world?
To what extend should the kids be aware of the digital technology?
Today, a Digital Literacy Program with pre school children is held in UMP's Pekan library. The objectives of the program are:-
1 - to introduce digital technology (computer, smartphone and the internet) to the pre-school children
2 - to create awareness on internet privacy & security, as well as the importance of being safe while utilizing the digital technology
3 - to describe career opportunities available for digital literate person
There are all together 120 children age 5 to 6 years old, 10 pre-school teachers and 18 UMP lecturers participated in the pilot Digital Literacy Program, held in the Main Campus Library, UMP.
These kiddos were divided into 3 groups and each group went though 3 modules - computer, telephone and television.
Among topics covered in each module are: the advancement of the telephone technology - from wired to wireless transmission, cathode-ray-tubes to plasma televisions, classification of t.v. shows, categories of YouTube channels and digital users ethics.
Towards the end of the program, the children gathered in the auditorium and watch the 'Octaunauts', before delayed back to their respective pre-schools (SK Seri Biram Pre-School & Tadika Islam Baitur Rahah).
The children's spontaneous, energetic and sincere responses throughout the program is something that I cherished and definitely will always remember. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Datin Sri Fazia, Prof. Dato Masyitah, Prof. Ir Dr Kamarul and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hamdan for their continuous support throughout the program. Thank you as well to the teachers and pre-schoolers, SK Seri Biram & TIBR. Lastly, certainly not the least, thank you so much to the Reading Makchixx, for their creativity and efforts in formulating and delivering the content of this Digital Literacy Program.
Nurul Hazlina Noordin
February 1st, 2018