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Computer literacy is the ability to use computers and related technology efficiently, with a range of skills covering levels from elementary use to programming and advanced problem solving.[1][2] By another measure, computer literacy requires some understanding of "computer programming and how computers work.[3]


In the United States[edit]

Primary and secondary education[edit]

In the United States, students are introduced to "tablet computers in preschool or kindergarten. Tablet computers are preferred for their small size and "touchscreens.[4] The "touch user interface of a tablet computer is more accessible to the under-developed "motor skills of young children.[5] Early childhood educators use student-centered instruction to guide the young student through various activities on the tablet computer.[6] Often this includes web browsing and the use of applications, familiarizing the young student with a basic level of computer proficiency.[5]

Teaching computer literacy to students in "secondary school may improve their thinking skills and employability, but most teachers lack the understanding and classroom time to teach computer programming.[7]

Nataraj (2014) found that many college freshmen in the United States had insufficient computer skills. After freshmen completed a computer literacy course, there was a significant improvement in their understanding of the course material.[8]

Digital divide[edit]

In the US job market, computer illiteracy severely limits employment options.[9]

Non-profit organizations such as "Per Scholas attempt to reduce the divide by offering free and low-cost computers to children and their families in underserved communities in "South Bronx, New York, "Miami, Florida, and in "Columbus, Ohio.[10]

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  2. ^ Haigh, Robert W. (March–April 1985). "Planning for Computer Literacy". The Journal of Higher Education. 56 (2): 161–171. "doi:10.2307/1981664. "JSTOR 1981664. 
  3. ^ Tobin, Catherine D. (February 1983). "Developing Computer Literacy". The Arithmetic Teacher. 30 (6): 22–23, 60. "JSTOR 41190615. 
  4. ^ Neumann, Michelle M.; Neumann, David L. (4 September 2013). "Touch Screen Tablets and Emergent Literacy". Early Childhood Education Journal. 42 (4): 231. "doi:10.1007/s10643-013-0608-3. 
  5. ^ a b Blackwell, Courtney K.; Lauricella, Alexis R.; Wartella, Ellen (1 July 2016). "The Influence of TPACK Contextual Factors on Early Childhood Educators' Tablet Computer Use". Computers & Education. 98: 57–69. "doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2016.02.010. 
  6. ^ Beschorner, Beth; Hutchison, Amy (2013). "iPads as a Literacy Teaching Tool in Early Childhood" (PDF). International Journal of Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology. 1 (1): 16–24. 
  7. ^ Hannum, Wallace (February–March 1992). "Reconsidering Computer Literacy: A Critique of Current Efforts". "The High School Journal. 74 (3): 152–159. "JSTOR 40364597. 
  8. ^ Nataraj, Sam (2014). "The Need for an Introductory Computer Literacy Course at the University Level" (PDF). International Journal of Business Management & Economic Research. 5 (4): 71–3. 
  9. ^ Wyatt, Edward (18 August 2013). "Most of U.S. Is Wired, but Millions Aren't Plugged In". "The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  10. ^ "Per Scholas; Affordable Technology Finally Available to Bronx Residents". Pediatrics Week: 42. 27 August 2011. 
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