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Digital Competence

About Digital Competence

Digital competence is the set of skills, knowledge and attitudes that enable the confident, creative and critical use of technologies and systems. It is essential for learners if they are to be informed, capable and have the potential to be successful in today’s society.

Digital competence should not be confused with information and communication technology (ICT). Digital competence is one of three cross-curricular responsibilities, alongside literacy and numeracy; it focuses on developing digital skills which can be applied to a wide range of subjects and scenarios that are transferrable to the world of work. However, it is not intended that digital competence should be artificially imposed into all subject areas. The DCF therefore includes examples of classroom task ideas that can be used to develop skills in naturally occurring, meaningful ways.

Strands and elements

  1. Citizenship.
  2. Interacting and collaborating.
  3. Producing.
  4. Data and computational thinking.

Each strand is split into a number of elements, as shown below:


Interacting and collaborating


Data and computational thinking

  • Identity, image and reputation
  • Health and well-being
  • Digital rights licensing and ownership
  • Online behaviour and cyber bullying
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Storing and sharing
  • Planning, sourcing and searching
  • Creating
  • Evaluating and improving
  • Problem solving and modelling
  • Data and information literacy

Here are some useful websites related to the Digital Competency Framework