There are six different primary areas of digital capability. Most people will be stronger in some capability areas than others, and you can expect to continue developing in all six areas throughout your life - as the digital and online worlds continue to evolve, the skills needed to thrive within those environments evolve with them.
It is helpful to think about these capabilities in terms of the real life behaviours that are contained within them. For example:
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Technology is entering nearly all aspects of our life. So much now can and is done using a digital platform. Communicating, finding information, shopping, tracking our health and solving problems are just some of the activities which are increasingly facilitated by digital tools. This is why our digital capabilities - the skills knowledge and understanding which help us live, learn and work in a digital society, are so important.
Employers are increasingly looking at what digital capabilities applicants and employees have. Skills in creating documents, presentations, spreadsheets and communicating via email and social media are areas which are important to most organizations. They want people to use technologies to access information, be creative, innovative, solve problems, communicate, participate, learn and support others in digital spaces.
As technology is constantly changing it's a really good idea to reflect on our own digital capabilities. We should make time to develop those skills that we might not be as confident with or that we are likely to use more of in the future. We may be able to easily operate a smartphone or find the answers to most questions but can we assess the reliability of the information we find? We might be able to communicate across different platforms but can we choose the most appropriate communication for the task at hand? Can we manage our digital identity, so it reflects us in the way that we want and can we manage the time we spend interacting with technology?
Thinking about how we develop our digital capabilities will help us become better prepared for an increasingly digital world. Take some time to explore digital capabilities and work out what you already do well and what you may need to develop for the future.