The importance of information technology has considerably increased in our daily life within recent years. The gradually improving access to the internet via various digital devices and data communications packages has provided access to a huge amount of information and possibilities.
In order to make the most of these possibilities, one of the objectives of the Lifelong Learning Strategy 2020 as the strategy of choices is to contribute to the more expedient and effective use of modern digital technology upon learning and teaching and to improve the digital competence of the entire population.
Digital competence means readiness to use digital technology to cope in a rapidly changing knowledge-based society when working, studying, acting and communicating as a citizen. The internet has entailed an abrupt increase in the learning opportunities from which everybody can gain a lot. However, upon the unskilled use of the internet, the possibilities that information society offers, may be entirely lost. In essence, the digital focus means a knowledgeable and smart study process of integrating digital opportunities, enriching thereby studies, taking into better consideration the needs of the present learners and contributing to meeting labour market needs.
With the 2006 European Recommendation on Key Competences, Digital Competence has been acknowledged as one of the 8 key competences for Lifelong Learning by the European Union. The report of the European Commission "A Framework for Developing and Understanding Digital Competence in Europe" contributes to the better understanding and development of Digital Competence in Europe.
The better skills to use technology and innovation of the population support the increase in productivity in economy.
According to the Estonian Lifelong Learning Strategy 2020, the objective in digital focus is to apply modern digital technology in learning and teaching in a more efficient way and with better results, to improve the digital skills of the general population and to guarantee access to the new generation of digital infrastructure.
- incorporating a digital culture into the learning process
- supporting digital learning resources in schools.
- accessing a modern digital infrastructure for learning
- creating and implementing assessment models for digital competence
- creating learning opportunities for adults to acquire digital competences